Abilene Reporter News (Newspaper) - October 23, 1938, Abilene, Texas
¥"WITHOUT, OR WITH OFFENSE TO FRIENDS OR FOES WE SKE I CH YOUR WORLD EXACTLY AS IT COES,"-Byron VOL LVI11, NO. 145. ». <m ABILENE, TEXAS, SUNDAY MORNING, OCTOBER 23, 1938—TH IRTY-TWO PAGES INTHREE SECTIONS. PRICE FIVE CENTSPublic Invited To Area Fair Meet TuesdayElection Of New Directors To Be Chief Business
Officials of the West Texas Fair association are calling attention of those interested in the future of the West Texas fair to a meeting scheduled Tuesday afternoon.
They emphasized three points:
1. That the main purpose of the meeting will be to elect new directors for the approaching year.
2. That the meeting is open to the public.
3. That the meeting will be held in the West Texas chamber of commerce building—the old federal building on North Third street—and not in the Abilene chamber's building on South First and Oak. The
WITH START OF WAGE-HOUR ACT MONDAY—
SOLON IN DARK, TOO—
Employers Must Keep Records data scarce
ON WAGE ACT
WASHINGTON, Oct. 22 — (JP) — The wage and hour administration disclosed tonight that employers would have to keep records of some sort for 11,000.000 workers under the labor standards act going into effect at midnight Sunday.
Officials estimated the law would result in wage raises for 750,000 persons, and shorten working hours for 1,500,000. They said records would have to be kept also for the other millions of employes in interstate commerce whose wages and working conditions already exceed the standards of the statute, or whose occupations exempt them from the law.
However, in the case of many exempt groups, such as professional workers and administrative employes, only the worker s name, address and occupation must be recorded.
Elmer F. Andrews, the wage-hour administrator, disclosed in regulations that no specific form would
be required for the records, as long as the data kept included all the desired information and was accessible to the administrator and his representatives.
To make the task of employers as simple as possible, he said, he had tried to coordinate the recordkeeping requirements under this law with those under the social se-
had been no labor legislation previously.
“It is a new animal to them, and apparently a very ferocious one,” Andrews commented. But he predicted that after the act had gone into effect employers would like it as well as employes.
These are the items, generally speaking, regarding which employ
upon which wages are paid.
Wages at regular rate of pay for each work week, excluding extra compensation attributable to the excess of the overtime rate over the regular rate.
Extra wages for each work week attributable to the excess of the overtime rate over the regular rate.
Additions to cash wages at cost,
WASHINGTON, Oct. 22.— (UP)—Wage Hour Administrator Elmer F. Andrews today scheduled radio speeches over all three major networks Sunday and Monday to explain the new wit* hour law which becomes effective Monday.
He will speak at 12:45 p. rn., Abilene time, tomorrow over the Columbia broadcasting system and will be heard over the National Broadcasting company network at 8:45 CST Monday. He will speak on the Mutual Broadcasting company chain at 10.15 p. rn. CST Monday.
curity act, state unemployment compensation laws and similar statutes.
The administrator met reporters during the day, telling them that “generally, employers have been fine” about preparing to observe the law. In those sections of the country where objections had been raised to it, he continued, there
ers subject to the act—those engaged in interstate commerce — must keep records:
Full name of the employe.
Date of birth if employe is under
Hours worked each work day and each work week.
Regular rate of pay and basts
or reductions from stipulated wages in the amount deducted or at the cost of the item for which deduction is made, whichever is less.
Total wages paid for each work week.
Date of payment.
The act, passed at the last session of congress, provides for a work week no longer than 44 hours
during the first year of operation of the law; 42 hours the second year, and 40 hours thereafter. It provides minimum pay of 25 cents an hour the first year, 30 cents an hour the next six years, and 40 cents thereafter. All of these standards are imposed only in interstate commerce.Scrip Discouraged
WASHINGTON, Oct. 22—(/Pi-One wage-hour ruling by Administrator Elmer F. Andrews may discourage the use of scrip by industrial firms.
In determining what makes up wages for the purpose of figuring overtime, the administrator ruled that “scrip does not constitute a proper medium of payment under the act.”
Scrip, ordinarily used for transactions at a company-owned store or in a company town, would be considered as wages, Andrews said, only to the extent of the actual
Not even the congressman is enlightened concerning actual scope of the wage-hour bill which goes into effect Monday, and how it will be administered locally.
Congressman George C. Mahon of Colorado, visiting in Abilene Saturday, said he had not been informed what method of local enforcement of the new law would be followed.
“There’s been very little information given out on the bill,” Mahon observed, “but no doubt administrative plans and other arrangements will be pushed.”
Mahon came to Abilene from Haskell, where he had attenled the Central West Texas fair. He visited in the home of President J. D. Sandefer of Hardin-Simmons university and addressed the H-SU student body in chapel services Saturday morning.
Congressman Mahon is a Hardin-Simmons alumnus. He graduated from the local institution in 1924.
Mahon said he had recently established office headquarters at Lubbock, in order that he may be more centrally located in his district. However, Colorado is still home to him, he assured.
# * * cost to the employer of purchased with it at a store.
Face Job Loss
FORT WORTH, Oct. —An estimated 1.000
the goods company
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workers will be thrown out of jobs in the pecan anti peanut industries here under the new federal wage-hour bill, officials predicted here today.
Since pecan and peanut-shelling See WAGE-HOUR, Pg. 6. Col. 8
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cm.od.Uon. for . Ur,er JUBILANT OVER CANTON VICTORY-
Time of the meeting will be 2:30 p. rn. Presiding will be D. H. Jefferies, present president of the association.
In addition to the important matter of electing directors, the group is to discuss the future policies of ♦he fair—particularly such matters as gate admissions and cheaper grandstand entertainment.
GATE FEE PROPOSED
Proposal has been made that a general gate charge—probably 25 cents—be assessed to remove the word “free” from the fair’s name and to aid in balancing the books, j
Rodeo performances, of which there were six nights during the 1938* fair, are facing discontinuance. | They failed to draw crowds this year, and cost of production was too high.
Grandstand attractions, whatever they are, will likely be cheaper to produce and cheaper of admission in the future, present directors predict.
The 1938 fair showed a loss of approximately $2,000, due to red figures in rodeo and horse racing books. Percentages received from carnival attractions and concessionaires uavev the fair from even worse financial embarrassment.
TWO PANAMA CANAL SPY SUSPECTS
Japs Vow Complete Conquest Of Chinese
Monday lo Be Fair, Warmer
Scanty Showers Give Partial Relief * To Parched Region
FOLLOWING CHINESE-JAPANESE WAR WITH MAPMAKER
Lots Of Smoke But Little Fire *
COLORADO, Oct. 22—(Spl> — Hundreds of Saturday shoppers in * Colorado had ringside seats, so to speak, at a fire which occurred in ♦ he heart of the business district shortly before noon, threatening destruction to one of the towns oldest business buildings.
The blaze started in the wastebasket in the Charles Landau men s clothing store,* presumably from a . lighted cigarette stub. It had gained considerable headway before the alarm was turned in, but was extinguished soon cfter the arrival of the firemen. The damage was not estimated. Smoke poured from every window and crevice of the second story, making the fire a spectacular one.
No decided change in temperatures for Abilene and vicinity today was apparent last night. Weather forecasts promised fair skies and rising temperatures for Monday.
According to forecasts the cold spell will extend farther south today while the panhandle may expect warmer weather.
Drizzling rains from scattered clouds over West Texas yesterday brought only partial relief to the parched territory’. Rainfall in Abilene during the morning totaled .ll Inch.
The scanty shower here brought the yearly total to 30.73 indies, nearing twice the amount of rain which had been received this time last year.
Stamford reported intermittent showers all morning, of about the same density as .Abilene's fall.
Brownwood and Ballinger also .reported light rainfall during the morning hours.
EVENTS TO COME IN WEST TEXAS
SNYDER—Local p6st ’of ‘the American Legion will be host December 3-4 to the district 19 convention of that oiganization.
SPUR.—Spur's first livestock sale will be held November 7, the first .Monday.
BIG SPRING.—Those connected with the government’s farm program in the Big Spring district will meet to study the 1939 regulations November 2 and 3 in the Settles hotel.
HASKELL—A special venire of 75 men have been ordered for the
trial October 31 ol W. H. Tysinger, charged with murder of John Yancey.
AUSTIN.—The highway department will let contracts Tuesday on grading and drainage structures for highway 191, the Baird to Coleman
BRADY. — A turkey grading school will be held October 31.
ASPERMONT.—Stonewall county's postponed Golden Jubilee celebration will be held November 3, 4, and 5.
Commr. McDonald To Spook At Merkel
MERKEL. Oct. 22—<Spl>—Stat* Commissioner of Agriculture J. E. McDonald will speak here at 2 p.m. Monday, Oct. 31. In behalf of the domestic allotment plan which he advocates.
Definite date for the visit of McDonald was made Friday by R. B. Wells, cotton farmer here, who received, a letter from the stat* agriculture commissioner, accepting an invitation to speak.
If weather permits, McDonald will speak at the city tabernacle, and all farmers of this section and others interested in discussion of the farm program fire invited attend.
This map shows the high spots of Japan’s campaign in China as the invaders entered Canton in one of the war s
most surprising and quickest drives of the war. They approached nearer Hankow, too. on the northern front, and
gave rise to Japanese hopes for an early successful conclusion to the conflict.
Rearmament Race Faced
Mayors, C-C Meet At Midland Closes
MIDLAND. Oct. 22 —Silver City. New Mexico, was selected today as the January meeting place for the Southwestern Conference of Mayors *and Chamber of Commerce representatives.
Members made their selection during the closing session of a two-day fall meeting, here.
France Set To Buy Materials
Insurgent Plane Attacks Flare In Renewed Intensity
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to the “Munich peace ' which pared wounded seriously in a fight in the the Sudetenland from Czecho-1 Penitentiary L herculeses ward to-slovakia, Saturday faced the prob-
CONVICTS SLAIN IN QUARREL OVER TURNING ON GAS STOVE
Third Oklahoma Pen Inmate Brutally Beaten Before Knifing Pair In Fight
MCALESTER. OHa.. Oct. 22.—<£»> -Two long term prisoners were
TUCUMCARI. N M„ Oct. 22 — (£*i—A girl hitchhiker killed in an automobile accident east of aSnta Rosa two weeks ago was identified today from FBI fingerprint records as Dorothy Marie Parker of Springfield. Mo., state Policeman Albert Hathaway announced.
SHAKESPEARE OR BACON?—
Spenser's Tomb Searched For Elegy In Effort To Settle Controversy On Poets
LONDON, Oct. 22—(TPI—An exploration of the tomb of Edmund Spenser in the Poet’s Comer of Westminster abbey has been begun in the hope of finding a buried Shakespearean elegy which might help settle the Bacon-Shakespeare controversy.
II Is believed that Shakespeare (Bacon?) mat have been among the poets who, according to the Historian William Camden, placed “Mournful Elegiesa and Poems with the Pens that Wrote Them” in the grave of Spenser, who died In 1599.
Ohould this be true and the man-ascript still be legible it could be compared with known spumone
of the writings of Sir Frances Bacon in an effort to determine who was the real Shakespeare.
Ben Jonson, Francis Beaumont, John Fletcher and others were supposed to have placed po#ms in the grave of Spenser, the “Poets Poet,” who died, according to contemporaries, “for lack of bread in King street.”
Lawrence Tanner, keeper of muniments at Westminster abbey, said that because there is no exact
lem of quicker rearmament in an atmosphere of pessimism over the future of relations with Germany and Italy.
Unless Britain’s armed strength is sufficient to match Germany’s, many British quarters believe, surrender instead of compromise will be inevitable when Chancellor Hitler raises the question of returning pre-war colonies, the next item on his agenda.
Its rearmament program slowed for months, the French government made it plain yesterday that it had committed itself to heavy purchases of war material unless an agreement could be obtained to minimize Europe’s dangers of conflict.
Of the world’s actual war fronts, Japanese completely occupied Canton. gateway to China's rich southern provinces, while General Shun-koru Hata, commander of the forces before Hankow, declared Japan would continue her war until anti-Japanese resistance ends. Staff officers said they would be in Hankow, the Chinese provisional capital, within two weeks.
Spanish insurgent air attacks on government - held Mediterranean ports veered from Barcelona to Valencia, their intensity presaging I possible new offensives.
TROOPS MASSED On ll potential warfront, the
day over whether a gas stove should be turned lower.
Vern Brothers, serving 20 years from Tulsa county for robbery and Ignacio Gomez, once condemned to die for murder, were rlain.
Buster Murphy, a convict run-n*r in charge of the ward. was beaten brutal’;' before he killed the other two convicts with a knife.
Gomez, from Kay county, and Brothers, .ho once escaped from the prison but was recap-
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know the precise spot where the Czechoslovakia - Hungarion border, remains lie nor how deep they may be.”
The exploration work was started at the request of the Bacon society.
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lured, attacked Murphy, other convicts related, when the latter turned a gas stove lower because he thought the ward was too hot.
The two slain convicts were armed with iron pipes tom from bunks in the ware, the other inmates said.
They battered Murphy about the head but he managed to break loose and obtained the knife from a hiding place and killed the two after a fight that lasted several minutes.
Guards were called by other inmates of the ward but reach-the scene of the fight too late to stop It.
Murphy was taken to the prison hospital but wao »nable to give a coherent account of the battle.
Murphy, serving 15 years from Garvin county for robbery with firearms, was in charge of the ward, set aside from the main part of the prison.
No civilian guards are employed in the wtrd.
An investigation of the double slaying was startfd immediately by Pittsburg county Attorney W. J Counts.
He declined comment pending outcome of the investigation.
Methodists Call For Disarmament Parley
SAN ANTONIO, Oct. *2.—(Oh-Militant Methodists, Convening here from West Texas, asked President Roosevelt today to ca£ world economic and dlsMmamei^, confer-4ence and ^ help end w ar "hysteria.
Forecast Early Fall Of Hankow
Defense Virtually Collapsing In All Sectors Is Claim
WITH THE JAPANESE ARMY BEFORE HANKOW, Oct. 22—(AP)—The commander of the forces pressing on Hankow, General Shunroku Hata, declared today Japan would continue her war until all anti-Japanese resistance ended.
He said the Japanese would chase Generalissimo Chung Kai-Shek into Szechwan or Yunnan province, extreme southwestern China, if necessary, and were prepared as a last resort to fight any nation challenging what he called Japanese national rights and interests in China.
He predicted early capture of Hankow, Generalissimo Chiapg’s Yangtze river headquarters, and the "smashing of organized, large scale Chinese resistance.”
Japanese staff officers, Jubilant over the capture of Canton yesterday by a 10-day-old expedition into South China and the now faster approach of their own forces on the Hankow front, asserted they would be in Hankow within two weeks.
They said Hanow's defenders were disheartened and were virtually collapsing in all sectors.
JAP NAVY ADVANCES
While Hata was being interviewed at his field headquarters, Japanese naval forces were smashing their way up the curving Yangte, within 35 miles by air and 50 miles by river of the Wuhan cities—Hankow. Yanyang and Wuchang — while northern and southern armies were closing in on their goal like a vise.
To rid the thieatened zone of foreign shipping and potential incidents, the naval command advised foreign vessels to withdraw from Hankow for at least IO miles upriver,
(Reuters, British news agency, corrected its previous report from Hongkong that Generalissimo Chi-ung had left Hankow’ for Changsha, about 200 miles south, capital of Hunan province The Reuters correspondent at Hanow reported the generalissimo ana Mme. Chiang were still at Hankow.)
Odessa Tool Pusher Killed In Explosion
LOVINGTON, N. M.. Oct. 22 — (A*)—“Doc” Price, a tool pusher for the Magnolia Oil company, was killed and two other men were injured. one critically, in an explosion while they were working on a pipe line today.
Witnesses said Price, of Odessa, Texas, was sitting on two boxes of dynamite, crimping a cap with his teeth when the explosion occurred. His body was blown to bits and scattered over an area extending IOO yards from the explosion.
Ted Steen another worker, was injured so seriously it was believed he would not recover. W A Davidson, a third, was only slightly injured.
Federal authorities are inves-gating a possible link between four Germans recently arrested in the Panama Canal zone for photographing strategic fortifications and the defendants in the Important German espionage case being tried in New York federal court. Two of the four suspected spies are pic
tured above. At left is Ernst Robert Kuhrig, of Colon, who had mended typewriters and other machines for army posts on the Atlantic side of the Canal zone for four years. In-geborg Warrant Gutmann at right, is an employe of Hapag-Lloyd, a German steamship line with headquarters at Cristobal.
U. S. Protests In Office Seizures
Mexico Expropriates Quarters Of Two
American Firms Despite Court Edict
MEXICO CITY Oct. 22.—UT)—The Mexican government today expropriated downtown rented offices of two American oil companies despite a temporary injunction granted by the second district federal court and served during the actual seizure.
As a result United States Ambassador Josephus Daniels made representations to the foreign office, and was told the matter would ba taken up ’’the first thing Monday morning.”
The offices were those of the Titania and Mercedes petroleum companies. affiliates of the Standard Oil Company of New Jersey.. Five agents of the ministry of national I---————
' Pipe Crushes Train Riders
Rescuers Work Hour To Free Transient Pair
COLORADO. Oct. 22 — (Splash if ting pipe rn an open car on a westbound freight train crushed
the legs of two transients at Loraine early Saturday morning and held the men in conscious torture for an hour while rescuers worked frantically to free them.
The men were caught by the
economy entered the offices shortly after noon and presented a brief document saying the government ‘'needs the offices” to carry on its petroleum business, and that the government's decree of March 18 expropriating foreign - owned oil properties was applicable.
Within an hour the agents, while sealing up the doors with government-stamped adhesive tape, were served with an "amparo,” the nearest Mexican equivalent to an injunction. After hurried telephoning. the agents said they would continue the expropriation since the court order had arrived after they were actually in possession.
Section Combed For Colorado Hijacker
COLORADO Oct. 22—(SpD—Officers of Colorado and other West Texas towns were still on the look-out late S turday for a man who heavy pipe when it shifted to their hi-jacked M. H. Davis, east Colo- end of the car when the train rado filling station operator of $16 started up after a stop in Loraine. Friday at dusk and got away In Before they could be freed a loco-Davis’ car. motive had to jerk the car and
The car was wrecked a short dis- shift the pipe to the other end. A tance from the filling station where physician was on hand to ad-the hold-up ocurred. Evidently minister sedatives to the men while unfamiliar with the neighborhood, rescuers tried to move the pipe. the bandit fled south on a dead-end a Colorado ambulance belonging street, running through a gate near to Jones & Russell rushed the men
the C. E. Franklin home. to a Sweetwater hospital. Roy Mc-
The hold-up occur, ed, according Connell of Ohio suffered on©
to Davis, just as he was getting into h‘r car after closing up for the day. The man, described as of medium build, and about 25 years old, appeared on foot and forced Davis to hand over his money at the point of a gun.
Marry Boss' Secretary, Not Daughter, Prof Advises; She At Least Has Job
PROVIDENCE R. I., Get. 22—(UP)—Marry the boss’s secretary, not his daughter. Professor Gale Noyes of Brown university advised members of his English class.
Times have changed since Professor Robert Rogers of Massachusetts Institute of Technology urged his students to “be a snob and marry the boss’s daughter.” Noyes said
“The government is getting all the boss's money, so he ll never give it to his daughter,” he explained. “The sectary, however, has a job.”
crushed leg. His companion, Calvert Johnson of Cement. Oklahoma, had both legs crushed badly. Both men were about 30. They said they were
enroute to Phoenix, Arizona, and had boarded the freight at Sweetwater.
Shooting Victim's Condition Unchanged
BALLINGER. Oct. 22—’There was no apparent change in the condition of Dan Liverman, local man shot here Friday by liquor officers in the process of serving a traffic warrant, a doctor at the Ballinger hospital said late tonight
There was a possibility that Liver- • man was slightly weaker, the doctor said. He still suffered from internal bleeding and his condition was considered very critical.