Abilene Reporter News (Newspaper) - September 5, 1938, Abilene, Texas
VOL. LVIII, NO- 97. MMU* Prrn (|)p) ABILENE, TEXAS.
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MANNING FRONTIER GARRISONS-‘France Cancels Furloughs to Meet Nazi Maneuvers
ADMINISTRATOR OF WAGE-HOUR LAW SAYS NEW LEGISLATION TO KEEP NATION WELL'
As administrator of the new wage-hot >r law which takes effect October 24, Elmer F Andrews Is one of the most Important m*:n in America today to employers and to labor. Here ne has written a Labor Day statement explaining tersely the philosophy behind the new law and the practical results for which its sponsors hop';
By ELMER F. ANDREWS
Newly Appointed Administrator Of Tne Federal Fair Labor Standards Act (Written For he AP Feature Sendee > WASHINGTON, Sept. 5— America still has all the resources necessary to regain prosperity ana obtain a measure of economic security for all Its people. More generally than ever before, it is agreed that we must husband our resources, our land, our minerals, our equipment, our people. Some sort of economic balance that will oring about healthy, not feverish, prosperity must be achieved.
In my view, the fair labor .standards act, more generally known as the wage and hour law, is the keystone in the arch of all this legislation. Perhaps because I have been an administrator of state labor laws, it has seemed to me that this law—and I said this many months ago when it was still being j discussed as a bill—is of the greatest importance because it will assist industry in paymg wage earners at least enough wages to live on.
If such wages can be paid, purchasing power will be increased and maintained' employmen* in the production of goods for which there will be a greater and more stable market will be inci eased and stabilized.
It is preventive rather than curative legislation. It will help keep the country well econonvcally.
The fair employer who wants to cay his employes at least enough to live on will, under this law. be assisted and protected in that endeavor. Through the provisions of the law’ and the establishment of industry committees on which he will have equal representation with labor and the public, he will participate in setting the standards for minimum wages in his industry’.
On this Labor Day, ’abor, employers and all of us face many grave problems. Their solution is difficult. We have made a beginning all along the line In the short time since I was appointed administrator
ELMER FRANK ANDREWS was New York state's industrial commissioner at $12 OOO a year when President Roosevelt appointed him to administer the wage-hour law for $10,000 a year. He's 48. a grad of Renssaeler Polytech: served as air corps instructor during the war Has thinning hair, shy eyes, three children, plays golf >:n the 90's>.
of the fair labor standards act I nave been surprised and greatly encouraged by the attitude of friendliness and intent to cooperate showm by employers and labor.
This demonstrated willingness to do things together, as I have observed it, is the most hopeful sign to which I can point today.
a FOLLOWING ESCAPE-
Kidnap Leaves Victim 111
Officers Led To Hideaway
California Woman Weak with Hunger After Abduction
MARYSVILLE, Cal, Sept. 5—1 (UPI—Mrs Norma Warnock Meeks, middle-aged Rio Oso housewife, fought against pneumonia in her ranch home today while officers sought three young men who kidnaped her in a futile attempt to obtain $15,000 ransom.
Weak from hunger and wracked by a severe cough, she was picked up ten miles east of her home in southern Sutter county. She had been held blind-folded in an oak grove, infested with poison ivy, since j Thursday midnight.
DRINKS CATTLE WATER
Her abductors threatened to "blowout her brains" if she threatened to -escape. She tore off her blindfold yesterday when the three youths left her alone.
Physicians said Mrs. Meeks was running a high temperature They | gave her a sedative. Her only food during the time she was held was a piece of cheese, and the water J she drank came from a muddy hole , used by cattle.
Mrs. Meeks was seized at her home late Thursday night by two of j the kidnapers. She was bound and gagged, taken to an automobile where the third man waited. Then they drove to the hideaway.
About noon yesterday. Mrs Meeks said, she was told by her captors that they were going away for a while and was warned that she would be killed lf she tried to escape
After a time, Mrs. Meeks said, she fell asleep and when she awakened she removed the blindfold and ran away.
First she hurried across fields to a farm house. She roused the occupants and learned she was near Sheridan. Without' disclosing her identity, she started walking down the road.
There she was met bv Bert
Foster, 55, ranch teamster.
I “Aren’t you Mrs. Meeks?" he
“Yes,” she said and began to
PLANE CRASH KILLS ll
LONDON, Sept. 5—(AP)—The crash and explosion of a crippled Royal airforce plane in a crowded London suburban street killed at least ll persons and injured nearly 30.
Four of the dead were of the family of Benjamin Saunders, 43. When the plane exploded Sunday at the side of the Saunders home, the flames trapped him. his wife, and their sons, Roy. 16. and Derek. 8. Mr*. Saunders and Derek were burned to death. The father and Roy died in a hospital during the night.
Next door, the fire trapped and severely burned six members of the William Callaghan family. Two sons, Terence, 2, and Duinis, 13, died.
Eight-year-old Jimmy Tant, playing in the street, was the first to die as the plane hit the roof of a house nearby, dropped and struck him. just as his mother rushed out yelling "bombs! bombs!"
Two brothers. Edward and James Letch, 28 and 24, John Ensden, 35, and Pilot Serf. S. R. Morris also were killed. The pilot was the plane's only occupant.
MOST EMPLOYES STAY ON JOBS DESPITE LABOR DAY PROGRAMS
Abilene's business houses remained open today, and work was the chief wav in which employes celebrated Labor Day
Many professional offices were closed, however, and many Abi-lenians were fortunate enough to be journeying to nearby points for holiday observances.
At Midland there was a big rodeo, with Gov.-Nominate W Let, O’Dan-iel slated to lead a largo parade. Midland's festivities close tonight.
The Double Heart rodeo IO miles south of Sweetwater, was still another attraction. It, too, climaxes tonight
Several Abilenians went to Cisco for an all-dav celebration of Veterans of Foreign Wars. Cisco post of the VFW is host, and 4.000 persons were on hand.
Dentists were in Sweetwater for the annual meeting of the West Texas Dental society, which features a recreational as well as a professional program.
Abilene's feature on the Labor day billing was finals in the sta’e softball tournament, slated a t Sportsmen's field tonight. Abilene’s Coca Cola team and the
American Pipeline company club of Kilgore were in the plavof;
City hall offices closer: today; so did offices at the Taylor county courthouse, except the sheriffs and district clerk’s. It was a holiday at the postoffice after IJ a rn. and one city delivery. Banks also clOvsed.
Fishing and picnic spoto of the area were popular with family grups. Many Abilen'ans tuned in on President Roosevelt's chat over four networks from Denton, Md., today.
Emergency officers—firemen, policemen. state highway patrolmen— remained on duty.
Thurber Reunion Due to Draw 4,000
THURBER. Sept. 5—(Spit Approximately 4.000 ex-residents were expected here today for the Thurber reunion.
Persons from as far away as Illinois and California were included.
Daladier Styles Step Precaution And Urges Calm
Reservists Include Specialists to Man Maginot Defenses
PERIPGNAN, France. Sept. 5. (UP)—French anti-aircraft batteries at Cap Cerbere shelled five .lunkers (German) airplanes which Dew over the French bor-. der at IO a. rn.
The planes turned back across the border Into Spain and bombed Puerto de la Selva.
By HAROLD ETTLINGER
PARIS, Sept. 5,—(UP)—All army and air force furloughs throughout France have been cancelled, an unimpeachable source .revealed today as Germany poured troops into her Siegfried line, facing the French Maginot line on the French-German border.
The navy was not affected by the order, but naval authorities were ready to recall men on leave in case of an emergency. “UNAVOIDABLE PRECAUTION” The Maginot line was fully manned, leaves were cancelled and special reservists moved up to support J the 150,000 defenders of the 200-mile line of fortifications.
Premier Edouard Daladier announced that furloughs were cancelled and reservists called up as "an unavoidable precaution" because of the German military reinforcement of the French frontier.
The number of German troops on the Siegfried line was not known definitely, but two more divisions were reported to have moved up during the night. At least two divisions moved up Friday night, and the total was believed to be 75.000 or more.
Premier Daladier issued a communique urging the population to remain calm as an essential element for the maintenance of peace. The communique, drawn after a conference between Daladier and Foreign Minister Georges Bonnet, said:
"By reason of the international situation and in consequence of important measures for the reinforcement of effectives and material carried out by the German on our northeastern frontier, the government has had to take a certain number of measures for security.
"This, notably to maintain the full effectives of the fortress troops, reservists were recalled to the colors and soldiers on leave ordered to return to their barracks.
"It is a question of measures of unavoidable precautions. This should not cause uneasiness of public opinion and calm, of which the essential element Is the maintenance of peace. In any case, according to the latest information. the general situation appears to be evolving towards an appreciable relaxation of tension"
The reservists were reported to include officers and non-commissioned officers specially trained to handle the complicated underground apparatus and guns of the Maginot forts. They will participate in exercises along the entire fortified chain.
Besides military measures the government cancelled the leave of all gendarmes In the frontier rgions. It also recalled all postal, telegraph and telephone employes of the prefectures and ordered prefects to remain at their posts.
The action was interpreted as a reply to German maneuvers in the Siegfried fortifications across the Rhine. Thousands of German troops poured into the newly-construeted forts.
2,000 Fight Fires
SPOKANE, Wash. .Sept. 5.—<*»)— More than 2,000 fighters manned forest fire lines on two fronts in the northwest today in an effort to stamp out 200 fires which sprang up in north central Washington and northern Idaho during a week-end of severe lightning storms.
BIG SPRING. Sept, 5—One youth was killed and two injured in an automobile crash here late Saturday night.
Billy Wachel, 20. of Coahoma, died of a fractured skull Sunday. T. H. McCann of Coahoma suffered a fractured arm and lacerations and J. C. Baker of Forsan received a fractured skull and broken legs.
Conference to Fix Price of Peanuts
EASTLAND, Sept. 5.— < Spl > — The price the Southwestern Peanut association will pay this season for peanuts will be determined September IO when Conrad Schaefer of Rising Star, association president, confers with representatives of the marketing section of the agricultural department at Washington, D. C , it was announced todav.
RICHEST DIOCESE MOURNS CARDINAL
NEW YORK, Sept. 5— (UP) — The richest Catholic diocese in the world, saddened by the death of its "cardinal of charity,” began the first of four days of public mourning today for. Patrick Cardinal Hayes, who was found dead in bed in his summer cottage at St. Joseph's, N. Y, yesterday.
Funeral services will be held Friday In St. Patrick's cathedral and Cardinal Haves’
body will lie entombed in a crypt under the altar with the two archbishops and two cardinals who preceded him as administrators of the archdiocese of New York.
As official flags flew at half staff and leaders of all faiths combined to lament the passing of the kindly prelate who rose from the sidewalks of New York to become a prince of the church of Rome, rank
ing members of the hierarchy of the archdiocese left for St. Joseph's to escort the body back to the city.
Thursday, the Right Rev. Michael J. Lavelle, 82-year-old vlcar-general of the archdiocese and rector of St. Patrick's will preach at a solemn requiem mass for Cardinal Hayes.
Monsignor John J. Casey, private secretary of the car
dinal, found him dead when he
went to ascertain why the prelate had not come down to his private chapel for his usual mass at 8 30 o'clock. Hayes lay with his hands clasped and a benign smile on his face. giving rise to the belief he had died while at his nightly hour-long prayers about 8 30 p.m. Saturday.
Cardinal Hayes would hive been 71 years old November 20.
SOON AFTER JAIL BREAK—
Police Capture Escaped Outlaw
THEY GAILY CONTINUE HONEYMOON
Nijib Toonie, 27-year-old Arabian telephone engineer, and his bride of a week, 17-year-old Doris Hisaw Toonie, of Neosho, Mo, gaily left the U. S. commissioner s office in New York free to continue their honeymoon and sail soon for Arabia The father of the girl had brought federal charges against the Arabian on the
expressed fear Toonie intended to establish the girl In a harem in Iraq The bridegroom called the harem idea “ridiculous, we don’t have harems in Iraq ' The young couple walked into the U. S. commissioner s office, he interviewed them, dismissed the charge, and they departed happily.
Crusade Enters Second Week
Buy a Mattress Slogan for Today In Sales Dr ive
The Abilene Salesmen's crusade Is one week old today—and going strong
Today, incidentally, Is Mattress Day. "We spend one-third of our lives in bed—why not be comfortable?'* is the idea which furniture men are emphasizing as they present, today's crusade commodity to Abilenians
The Idea is, if you nlan to buy a mattress, or several, this fall, do so today.
Two coffee days were labeled by grocers who really put their hearts into the crusade as a "big success." More than 4.000 pounds of coffee was sold, it was estimated.
Tie day Saturday likewise found participants on the selling side enthusiastic. Said one merchant: "Saturday’s volume
of ti* sales was seven times the normal Saturday sales." Another said six times, another four times.
Tuesday Is an "off day," somewhat of a rest period before other special days arrive. Wednesday will be Underwear day.
Odessa Civic Leader Dies
F. M. Gwin Drops Dead After Heart Attack Sunday
ODESSA. Sent 5—(Spl.)—Funeral for F M Gwin, secretary-manager of the Odessa chamber of commerce, will be held here tomorrow morning at 9 oclock at the First Methodist church. Dr Thomas W Brabham, president of McMurry college, and the Rev. H D. Marlin, local minister, will officiate.
The body will be taken overland to Cross Plains for Masonic rites and burial in the afternoon
Mr Gwin died Sunday afternoon after a heart attack He apparently had been feeling well, having taken a short automobile drive after lunch. He was 52 years rid August 18.
For a number of years Mr Gwin was city manager at Cross Plains, resigning in 1927 to take a similar post at Pampa. In 1934 he resigned to travel for a bonding company. but he accepted the Odessa chamber of commerce position a few months later.
He has been the Odessa correspondent for the Reporter-News for the past four years.
Survivors are two daughters, two sisters, two grandchildren and his wife One daughter, Mrs. Maxine Rushing, was employed bv him in the chamber of commerce office.
Mr Gwin was born in Kansas.
In Stolen Auto
Desperado Pulls Bricks from Cell Wall, Squirms Out
ST. PAUL, Minn., Sept. 5.— (UP)—John Couch, Southwestern outlaw, was captured by two St. Paul policemen today, only a little more than twelve hours after he had escaped from the Ramsey county jail here.
Couch was captured as he sat in a stolen car at a street intersection In the western part of the city. The desperado made no attempt to resist arrest. He was not armed. FACES DEATH PENALTY Couch, 22. was the second federal prisoner to escape from the Ramsey county jail In four days. He had faced a possible death penalty for the abduction August 13 of Peggy Gross,
23, prominent in St Louis society, and Daniel Cox Fahey Jr., 28, architect at St Louis for the National Park service. Couch and an accomplice, James Meredith, 21, abducted the couple | August IS on the outskirts of St. Louis. They wanted Fahey s automobile and took Miss Gross and Fahey along to prevent them from making a report of the theft. The desperadoes released the couple, bound and gagged, near Minneapolis, 24 hours later.
G-Men fatally wounded Meredith I and captured Couch August 16 in a north woods hideout near Effle. Minn. Meredith confessed before ha died Couch, when arraigned August 19. said that he would plead guilty, although a prosecutor had announced he would demand the death penalty.
REMOVES BRICKS Robert Hendon, chief of the St Paul offices of the federal bureau of Investigation, said that Couch had removed bricks from beneath the window of his first Door cell, squeezed through a small hole and Jumped to the ground.
Couch and Meredith had been sought for a series of robberies and other crimes in southern states. They had $»een hard pressed by police when they fled from St. Louis.
Couch had been held on the abduction charge under $100,000 bond pending presentation of his case to the Ramsey county grand Jury late this month.
Last Thursday, John R Kahl, 18, St. Paul, charged with having stolen mail, escaped from the jail in the same manner.
Police Investigate 6 Burglaries Here
Burglars were stirring in Abilene during the week end. Officers were busy this morning investigating six more burglaries as follows:
Richards Shoe shop, 170 Cypress, entered Saturday night. Small amount of money, shoe repair machinery taken.
Home of Dr. M. A. Jrnkens, 320 Beech, entered Purse belonging to his daughter. Mrs James K. Polk, taken Loss Included $3 and a pm Hardin Lumber company entered after lock on door broken; manager checking loss Travis school building, tools taken. Abilene Economy grocery’ on Walnut street, radio taken. Manager checking loss.
Chicken coop at Schultz grocery raided; five fryers gone.
Mayor William E. Ward, above, of Crisfield, Maryland, a republican, said he would hav* no official reception at Crisfield for President Roosevelt today. Ward said; "Mr, Roosevelt is coming as a politician and so I am not going to pay any attention to him.
Grand Jurors Given Charge
M. A. Williams of Potosi Foreman Of 42d Court Body
"You are charged to investigati a number of cases of ourglary, theftj murder, forgery and driving whili intoxicated." Judge M S Long told grand iurors for .he fall term of 42d district court this morning. "Th* only stop to ruch cases is sun and swift punishment.”
Only indirect reference was mad* to investigation of the 1932 deatl of W. A. Hale in connection wit! which six persons have beer charged. Chief point stressed by Judge Long was the importance of both grand and petit juries Following the charge, the juror reiired, completed their organization. then recessed until tomorrow in observance of Labor Day Only the bailiffs will work today summoning witnesses for the hearinj which are expected to contini through Thursday M A. Williams of Potosi was appointed foreman for the jury andl S. M Pliler was made secretary/ Other members are Ernest Nichols] Len C. Smith. H R Clemmer, V.| W. Young, J. O YOW W. H. Pillion, W L. Oshield R. T Reid, Earl Landers and Rufus Tittle.
ANSON. Sept 5— <SpK —Grant jurors were selected rn 104th district court here today.
Jurymen named were Foreman Tj A Upshaw* of Stamford, W. J. Bryant. Stamford; J K. Brady, Stamford; C. P. Amerson, Hamlin; Hiram E. Olson. Lueders; D. H. Gardner. Hamlin; W. Earl Smith, Hamlin; H. E. Brown, Hamlin: E. L
Eason, Merkel, rout 2; Bryan B] Dunagin, Merkel, route 2; H. C Fai and W. B. Warren, Anson.
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