Abilene Reporter News (Newspaper) - October 24, 1938, Abilene, Texas
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PRICE FIVE C ITS
By the AP Feature Service
WOODY HOCKADAY, who has been pretty quiet since he had a brush with the president's guards last summer, is whooping it up again. The boisterous "I n-dian” comes from Wichita. Kansas., where he gained fame for his road-marking system before the days o f government markers. In those days he was fairly dignified. He ran an auto service business, and his road-markers led many past his busy corner. Later he helped thi U. S. design aldane markers. He's shown at right with a model of one.
But nowadays the 54-year-old Bible student and champion of peace and higher farm prices, thumbs his nose at dignity. Look:
I “Feathers, not bullets” whoops • Woody, emptying pillow at Baltimore Legion banquet in 1936.
Sale of Tickets To Milk Fund Show Pressed
Survey Discloses 1,500 School Pupils In Need of Milk
With their all-city dance-and-melody P-TA Milk Fund benefit ahow cheduled Thursday night at Fair Par. auditorium, Abilene Boosters club officials and members today redoubled their efforts for the all-important mil’: fund. More than IOO high school students are in the midst of a campaign to sell tickets for every seat in the auditorium.
Boosters club members will supplement work of th- high school students Thursday with sales of $2.50 reserved seats. AU directors of the club have purchased the $2,50 tickets.
Mrs. Edith Smith, student councilor at Abilene high, Mrs. Benne Schmidt, head of the United Welfare association, and Boosters officials today reported 1,500 school children of Abilene are undernourished and in need of milk.
The city has IOO families, four to a family, whose members are unemployable and wholly dependent on private or public charities. Another 400 families, four to a family, have only one person employed on government projects, earning from $12 to $32.50 monthly.
Newell Thompson, milk fund committee chairn.an. made an urgent appeal to committees in charge of milk bottle collections to make their rounds earlv Thursday, enabling Boosters officials to have a complete report ; Thursday night.
Boosters club officials again called attention to the fact all receipts of the show, milk bottles and from other sources go to purchase of milk for undernourished children of the city.
Entertainers for the Thursday night show include "The Business and Professional Women s Mystery Act” Polly Campbell, Nancy Ruth Wooten, Dorothy Jean Botkin. Laura Gene Fischer. Mrs. Dub Wooten, the Shaw sisters, Hugh Price Fellows.
Charlie Pond, Dick Sherwood and Rupert Phillips. Mary Fry. LaQuinta Johnson. Patsy Gruver. Buddy Martin. Louise Whiting. Tima Frank Parker, Harriet Parker. Beth Kimbrough. Beverly Ann Balfanz, Jack Free and his orchestra
"Ladies Night” will be observed by the Booster* club in a special program at 8 o’clock tonight In the Hotel Wooten ballroom, Secretary E. G. Wood announced today. The ladies will be In complete charge and will provide the evening's speaker, entertainers, dancers, etc.
The speaker to be selected by the Business and Professional Women s club, will discuss interclub cooperation in sponsoring community projects with special emphasis on the Boosters milk fund campaign Al Stowe and C. W Moss had charge of arranging the evening's program.
Japanese Boycott League Session
GENEVA, Oct. 24—(A*)—Japan boycotted the session of the League of Nations mandate commission which opened today to hear annnal reports of the administration of mandated territories, including Japanese-controlled islands in the Pacific.
Absence of Japanese delegate was taken in league quarters as the first official indication that Japan was severing all connections with Geneva, although her resignation from the mandates commission had not been received.
Butler, Simpson Trial Set Oct. 27
Trial of G. D. Butler and S. R.
Simpson, charged in connection
with the holdup shooting of John a At Oklahoma City last July, E. Pilkington in a poker game rob- <J. Woody wanted to shine FDR's bery here two weeks ago, has been shoes for a dollar to use to bolster set in 42d district court for Thurs- wheat prices. He didn’t explain day, October 27, by Judge M. S to presidential guards — lost his Long. shirt.
Butler and Simpson and another j man, not in custody, were indicted last week. Butler was arraigned Saturday and Simpson today, a venire of 60 was ordered for the case.
UNDER WAGE-HOUR LAW
Abilene Firms Lay Off
LETTER FROM CIVIL WAR SOLDI ER PROVES CLAIM TO PENSION
DICKENS, Oct. 24—(Bpi.)— A few days before he fell March IO, 1863, in the War Between the States, at Thompson's Station. Tenn., Alexander Allen wrote a letter to his wife. The letter asked lf their son, Alonzo, the couple's only child, was walking yet and asked how many teeth he had. It was Al
len’s last letter to his wife before he was killed.
Recently this letter, now crumpled and faded, was the means by which Alonzo Allen of Dickens county proved his. age to the Old Age Assistance commission. He thereby became eligible for old age assistance.
The letter was sent to Mrs.
Allen at Clarksville, Texas. Accouple, was past 65 years old.
It is believed one of the strangest cases of age verification in Texas, but met all the cording to L E Settle, old age assistance investigator, it was sufficient evidence that the Dickens county man, who was the only child of the Allen requirements of both state and
A day or so after writing the letter, the elder Allen engaged In battle at Thompson’s Station. He fell while carrying the colors of the Confederacy. The letter has been a prized possession of the son three-quarters of a century. Alonzo Allen gives November 17, 1881, as his birthday.
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Peanut Process Plant Virtually Closes Down .
SIGHTING WAR'S END—
Japs To Force China ‘Cooperation’
Army and Navy
FANATIC 'BUYS' DIVINE POWER, MURDERS MAID WITH HAMMER
HOUGHTON. Mich.. Oct. 24—(UP)—Wilfred Pichette. a religious fanatic who bought “the power or Christ” from a roving gypsy band for $2,000, confessed with his husky wife today that he killed their 19-year-old blonde maid to rid the household of evil spirits.
Pichette, sullen under questioning, related to Prosecutor Frank Condon that the "divine power” drove him to hammer Marian Doyle to death with a flatiron. Mrs. Pichette confessed that she aided by striking the girl "IO or 12 times” with a poker while her husband pinned the girl to the floor.
"I was going to drive the evil spirits out of the house,” Pichette told Prosecutor Condon.
“I am the Messiah, the only man that can bring good will to man and peace on earth.
"She was the devil, and I had to drive her spirit from the house.”
Race to Hankow
Troops Dynamite To Put Out Blaze Raging in Canton
SHANGHAI, Oct. 24— (UP) —
Chinese pirates turned a machine gun today on a tender owned by the American Dollar Line, which was operating in the Yangtse riwr 50 miles from Woosung, below Shanghai. One Chinese passenger on the tender was killed.
TOKYO, Oct. 24.— (AP) —
Japan’s determination to hold C hina indefinitely under military occupation and compel her to “cooperate” with Japan in all vital matters after the war is ended was disclosed tonight in a statement emanating from government sources.
Dome!, ^pS^inly ’^ajo^ news BALLINGER. Oct. 24-<Spl)-Bob Gambell of Abilene and Bill
aeencv aDoarentlv was issued in Strickland of San Angelo, Texas liquor control board inspectors, waived * w * examining trial when arraigned furore Justice B. W. Pilcher (his morn
ing on a charge of murder following the fatal shooting of Dan Liver-man, 30-year-old service station operator. The two officers were released under $2,500 bonds.
The inspectors previously had been charged with assault with intent to murder last Frday. The charge was changed today by Runnels Co. -I Atty. Roy Hill following Liverman s
Murder Charge Names L-Men
Wounded Man Dies at Ballinger, Charge Against Two Liquor Inspectors Changed
LONDON, Ort. 24— (AP)—Officials said today that Sir Robert Leslie Cralgie, British am-bassadoi in Tokyo, had protested to the Japaneses government against the bombing of the gunboat Sandpiper without waiting for instructions from London.
2 For some reason Woody want-• ed to give Secretary Perkins a stuffed chicken last year; capital cops stepped in.
anticipation of the early fall of Hankow, China's provisional capital.
Dispatches from the war zones tonight said Japanese forces had
„COr?T, *Zn?. Ill WASHINGTON, Oct.
5_t'f 0 “ The administration intends to rec-
Cotton Insurance New Farm Goal
The pronouncement was interpreted aa an indication of the Japanese government's belief that the capture of Hankow would end the purely military phase of the conquest and permit cessation of further offensive operations by the mikado’s forces in China.
Capture of Hankow Expected Shortly
SHANGHAI. Oct. 25—(Tuesday)
ommenu that congress broaden its
IO TAKE STATEMENTS
In Ballinger for the hearing today were C. A. Paxton, chief supervisor of the Texas liquor control board at Austin; J. W. Coates and Gerald Franklin Abilene and San Ant clo supervisors, respectively; Sheriff Sid McAdams of Taylor county and W. T. McQuarry, Abilene constable.
Sheriff W. A. Holt, Dist. Atty.
farm program, officials disclosed A- Stroman and Attorney Hill
todav, by making crop insurance are 10 take statements Wednesday
available to Inc ration s 2.500,000 from the Liverman family and mem-
cotton growers. bers of the liquor control board In
Wheat growers, under a law pass- further investigation of the case, ed last winter, an protected against losses from drouth. Hoot., storms, hail, insects and other natural hazards.
WOULD SET UP RESERVE
Cold, Snow, Rain Blanket Nation
Panhandle Has Freeze; Warmer Weather Forecast
By United Presa
Icy temperatures, snow and rain checkered the northern portion of the country today as winter swept In from the far north and overspread midwestern states as far south as Oklahoma and Arkansas.
Government forecasters said, however, that the weather in Texas would begin to get warmer today and that temperatures would continue to rise tonight and tomorrow.
Freezing temperatures were reported in many parts of Texas. Seymour was the coldest place in the state, according to government reports, with a temperature of 28.
MERCURY TO RISE Other Texas temperatures included: Amarillo, 40; Austin, 40;
Brady. 30; Palestine, 40; Wichita Falls, 38; Albany, 34; Big Spring,
38; Bridgeport, 28: Brownwood, 36:
Carrizo Springs. 38; Dalhart, 32;
Ft. Stockton, 88 Greenville. 30;
Henrietta, 38; Huntsville, 32; Kerrville. 30; Lampasas, 30; Livingston,
30; Longview, 30; Mexia, 34; Muleshoe. 30; Spur, 32 Waco, 34.
The cold wave in the northern part of the United States followed a heavy snow and sleet storm in northern Wisconsin,
Minnesota and northern Michigan which disrupted communications, blocked highways and isolated several small communities. Temperatures dropped below normal in Ohio, southern Michigan, the Mississippi and Missouri valleys and the Great Lakes region.
Chicago saw its first snow o! Non today that federal officals were j
Blow Also Falls At Two Clothing Factories Here
The new wage-hour law had depressing effects on some Abilene fronts this morning as more than 75 persons had been laid off from work.
In all businesses affected by the law there was confusion. Work weeks were being revised and a trial launched at meeting regulations which up to now* are vaguely outlined.
HITS CLOTHING PLANTS
Heaviest blow fell at the Southwestern Peanut company, where 38 women and IO men had been laid off. With three women and six men working this morning, it amounted to a virtual shut-dowm
WASHINGTON, Oct 24.— ~ (UP)—Julius Seligman of San Antonio, president of the National Pecan Shellers of America, reported to WTage-Hour Administrator Elmer F. Andrews today that every Southern pecan shelling plant has closed because of the wagerhour law.
Deputy Wage-Hour Administrator Paul Sifton earlier had ruled that employes engaged in pecan shelling must be paid at least 25 cents an hour unless the work la performed by a farmer or on a farm, "as an incident to or in conjunction with a farming operation.”
Wage-Hour Administrator Elmer F. Andrews ... runs a question and answer department.
Rumrich Says Was U. S. Spy
Claims Federal Officials Knew Of His Activity
at the plant, where up to 6.000 bushels of peanuts can be handled a day, said Owner J. F. Morrison.
The blow also fell at two clothing factories. T. S. Lankford & Son had laid off IO women, machine operators who on the piecework basis did not come up to the $9» per-day. mTnimum w’age. This was the same condition at the Fairy Form Manufacturing company, where 14 women had been laid off.
Five boys felt the penalty of youth as Safeway stores let out employes under IS years old. These boys worked Saturday afternoons as package carriers.
A 110-a-weck nightwatchman was laid off at the Gold Bond Casket company, but no other Employes there were affected.
"We may have to lay up indefinitely,” said Morrison at the peanut company. "We must get the right kind of a ruling for this type work, or the price of the commodity must advance, and that cannot
NEW YORK. Oct. 24— <UP)-Ouenther Gustave Rumrich, chief witness in the government's case against an alleged nazi espionage be done until the buyer can pay
ring, testified under crosc-examina- I more ’’
WORSE ELSEWHERE The women had been working as
before it is bound over tc the 119th cinter early today. It was mixed aware he was acting as a German j pjcj,.ers receiving $1.35 for a nine-district gran Jury which convenes wl^h rain and melted quickly. The November 14, Sheriff Holt said to- temperature was 35.
Funeral for Liverman was to be , held at 3 o’clock this afternoon at Agriculture department experts Jennings Funeral home, with the are working at top speed to pre- ^ Max Wilkins, pastor of the pare premium rates and other data Baptist church of Ballinger,
on cotton. They said It would officiating. Burial was to be in the
—t^Pt—Japaneses army and navy ** Possible to of.er growers insur- Evergreen cemetery.
units were racing early today for ance on the 1 cr0P congress the honoi of being the first to agI^? enter Hankow China’s provisional capital.
Temperatures were near freezing at Kansas City and slightly warmer at Oklahoma City, where by a strange freak of nature the mercury dropped to 15 degrees Saturday night. California and Florida still experienced summery weather. The
ABILENE uni vicinity: Pair unit might-ly warmer tonight; Tesilay (air and warmer.
West Texas: Fair. warmer In north and list portions tonight: Tuesday (air, warmer except in extreme west portion
Exit Texas: Fair and slightly warmer tonight; Tuesday fair and warmer.
Highest temperature yesterday .,,.69 Lowest temperature this morning 42
TEMPERATURES Sun. Mon.
to 7 p m 7 a.rn
th rmometer 61 46
Vet thermometer (elative humidity
4 His war whoops recently rang • out at Chicago's board of trade when he bid “$1.50 or bust” for wheat, then selling at 65 cents.
ROME. Oct. 24.—(UP)—Six military aviators were killed today when two airplanes collided in the air near Parezzana.
Japaneses spokesmen here professed to expect news of the fall of the city momentarily.
Flames Threaten Canton Destruction
CANTON, Oct. 24.—(A*)—A gigantic conflagration threatened to destroy this South China metropolis today as fires roared into residential districts after burning out the business sections.
Japanese dynamite squads blasted firebreaks around the burning areas in an attempt to halt the spreading flames, while foreign volunteers aided in trying to save foreign buildings,
Liner to Clear
SHANGHAI. Oct. 24—(A*)—Japanese aerial bombing of a British warship and a customs dispute over an American passenger liner today added two new incidents to the long list of international complications In the China war.
Bombs from six Japanese planes fell about and damaged the superstructure of the British gunboat Sandpiper, anchored at Changsha about 200 miles southwest of Hankow. There were no casualties.
The customs ispu.e arose over Japanese refusal to clear the Dollar liner President Coolidge early this morning for San Francisco, with a cargo of silver valued at more than $4,000,000 which the Japanese-sponsored government apparently considered its property.
The Dollar line agreed to unload the silver, whereupon permission was granted to sail Tuesday.
Officials said there was a possibility the administ-ation also might recommend insurance for corn gr wqrs. Whether it does they said, will depend on the progress tie experts make In preparation o. premium rates.
The cotton insurance program would provide a means, officials estimated, for removal of probably I,OOO,OOo bales of surplus, government-owned, cotton from market channels to be held by the Federal Crop Insurance corporation as a reserve. Meanwhile, with operation of the existing farm program upset by other crop surpluses and low’ prices,, administration leaders are launching an intensive campaign to line farmers up against congressional proposals to substitute price-fixing and unrestricted production.
Surviving Liverman are his wife; temperature was 84 at Fort Myers. of the department of justice
parents, Mr. and Mrs. c M. Liver- FI* . aud ^8 at Dos Angeles, Cali man of near Ballinger; two broth- fornia.
ers. Fled and Ben Liverman of Bal- The warmest spot in the country
yesterday was at Yuma. Ariz., where
linger; and four sisters, Mrs. Sterling Childress, Ona Liverman, Mae Liverman, all of Ballinger, and Mrs. J. T. Abernathy of Millersview.
Fog Halts Shipping
LONDON, Oct. 24-(UP)—Thames shipping was halted today by the worst fog of the season. Hundreds of vessels were held in the Thames yesterday. Thousands of suburban and country dwellers were late for work because of delay on railroads Visibility was nil in parts of London and Southern England.
Boy Arsonist Held
Fair Association Nominees Chosen
the reading was 92.
PENGUINS WAIT STORK'S VISIT
spy to help the United States but hour day. The men had been draw-refused to include that fact in his ing $2 to $5.
confession. Morrison observed that West Tex-
Rumrich, who has several times as is not as seriously affected as described himself as a counter-es- Southeastern United States, where pionage agent on the s^and although negro labor draws 35 to 50 cents a he pleaded guilty to a spying charge, day.
said he haa disclosed his true in- “Pecan plants, like the peanut tentions to Asst. U. S. Atty. John plants, apparently have no alterna-W. Burke Jr . and Leon G. Turrou live but to lay up until some further decision is ade.” he said. Seven sewing machines still were runnin, at Lankford’s, all the workers being paid on the piece basis.
"A trained woman can make more than the $2-per-day minimum,” said Arch Batjer. “There should be some provision made for apprentice work, for the untrained woman can do no better than IO to 12 cents an hour.”
C. F. Lankford at the Fairy Form
"You mean to say they would know a thing as important as that and delete it?" demanded Benjamin Matthews of defense counsel.
"Well, they did,” said the witness.
"Mr. Turrou said ‘if you play ball s with me. Ill play ball with you.
If you'll cooperate 1 11 take the witness stanu in your behalf.’ Isn’t i that so?” Matthews asked.
"He did,” Rumrich replied.
At the close of trial last week Rumrich testified that he began to p ant expressed a similar opinion, spy because he wanted to acquaint He still had 26 machines at work, himself with German agents, then J. o. Ma. in of the Gold Bond
WASHINGTON, Oct. 24 —
(IP)—Molly and Moe Pen* guin the zoological garden’s 'expose them to American invest!- casket company explained it would
• l... I gators and secure reinstatement in be less expensive to hire two men
jackass penguins, are expect- - trmJ„ ,r0|> whlch he had de. - at 25 hour on nlght.
ing a blessed event. j serted.
Mollv laid an egg Saturday. Ioday he said Turrou. who "broke’'
Birdhouse Keeper Malcolm th* spy case las. winter, had de-
.i,- I stroyed papers connected with his
Davis hopes that, unlike the • J * £
two eggs laid last May, this one will hatch.
Molly hatched two baby
investigation The witness, a deserter from the U. S. army, told Matthews or crossexamination thrt Turrou had had
Nominating committee af the house burn down.”
West Texas ’►al” association, meet- *---------- — ------
ir.g at the chamber of commerce offices this morning, selected a list of candidates for offices and directorships of th’ 1939 fair.
The o .icials and board members will be elected tomorrow afternoon in an open meeting at the West Texas chamber of commerce, old federal building.
D. H. Jefferlec, president of the fair association, will be in charge of the session beginning at 2:30 o'clock.
Policies of the 1939 fair will be decided upon at this meeting.
The nominating group is composed Of J. L. Rhodes, M. B. Hanks,
Tom K. Eplen, Walter Jarrett, Dub Wooten, C. M. Caldwell and Dave Barrow.
NEWARK. N. J. Oct. 24— (UP)
—Authorities held today an 11-year old boy whom they said had set fire three times to the apartment building in which his parents live.
The child, the authorities said, was, , . , . , , ,-------- — --------
overcome by a passion to "see the usual when hatched in eaptiv- destroyed and said he believed "Mr
lit both I-*------ — ’l— —
watchman’s Job than to pay for a seven-day week- -around 80 hours —on the one and one-half pay required for overtime.
FILL ORDER BF FORE DEADLINE He expresst the opinion that if the interprets^ n of the law exempted businesses not over 20 per
, . .. . . u . a copy of his statement. He added, cent interstate, his plant would not
penguins last Al aren, out as however t^at several papers were be affected by the law. He was
See WAGE-HOUR, Pg. 8, Col. 4
Turrou threw them away.
With $3,000 Goal—
SALVATION ARMY LAUNCHES ITS ANNUAL DRIVE FOR FUNDS
Annual Salvation Army drive to raise operating expenses for the next fiscal year was launched this morning by 60 AbUentans in a downtown canvass for donations.
The drive was started following a brief meeting in offices of the chamber of commerce at 9 o’clock. It was addressed by Brig. William Gilks of Dallas, division commander
pervision of the drive is in charge of Tom Brownlee, chairman of the local board, and Major H. a James, Abilene commander-Goal of $3,000 has been set, to be obtained within two w’eeks. The money will be used merely for routine operations and all of it will be spent locally. Brownlee seaid.
Assisting in the campaign are the ollowing workers: Hollis Manly, Nib
of the Salvation ^rmy. General su- Shaw, .Louis Agee, Willard Phillips,
Paul McCarty, Leo Harris, D. M. Cranfill, M. E Miller, Tom Russell, Lacy Beckham. J. V. Nuckols. Robert Cray. Taylor Black, C. Harvey. D. E. Fincher, Clinton Murphy. E. A. Sheppard, Ruck Swan, Andy Anderson, Dub Wofford, W. C. Hamilton, Oliver Cunningham. F. A. Short. C- A. McGaughey, Bill Ledbetter. L. A. Sadler. R. E. Kuykendall. Bernie Blain. J. W. Odam. Mark Womack, C. R. Pennington, $
Roy Skaggs, Gray Browne, O. L. Corrie.
J. C. Shipman, Wiley Caffey, Edmund Yates. J. R- Black, J- D. Perry Jr-, Theo Massey, T. A. Hackney, Esco Walter, Emmett Landers. Boyd King, J. T. Haney, Tom E. Roberts, Lee R. York, Pat Patterson, Donald Balch, Hugh Tucker, Edgar Boggs, W. P. Bounds, H. C. Clark, R. D. Taggart. Ed Connally, Horace Roberts, Harvey Brown, J. R. Fielder.