Abilene Reporter News (Newspaper) - September 26, 1938, Abilene, Texas
Roosevelt Pleads for Hitler to Save Peace; Duce Advises Britain, France to Desert Czechs--See Page 3
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ABILENE, TEXAS, MONDAY EVENING, SEPTEMBER 26, 1938—EIGHT PAGES
AnwOM Presa (AP) PRICE FIVE CENTS.FUEHRER THREATENS TO MARCH
Fair Directors Name Gruver As Secretary
Board Authorizes New Contract with City on Liability
After He Fails to Get School Job—
PARENTS SEEKING BUFFALO GAP YOUTH WHO DISAPPEARED AT SAN ANGELO
BUFFALO GAP, Sept. 26—(Bpi) ] return from a trip to Alpine, —Ernest Simmons of Buffalo Gap j where he had planned to enroll returned to San Angelo this morn- in Sui Ross college.
ing for the second time in three days to seek word of his 16-year-old son. L. G. Simmons, who has been missing since Friday morn-1 ing
Young Simmons last was heard I from when he reported loss of his baggage to San Angelo police about ' IO o’clock Friday morning, on his
Mr. and Mrs. Simmons went to San Angelo Friday night. They were to have met their son there but returned after receiving no word from him.
The youth was graduated from Wylie high school last June and had won a scholarship in Sui Ross. He had gone to Alpine in
search of a job that he might work his way through school.
Last week he wrote his parents he was unable to find work and was returning home. He asked that they meet him in San Angelo. Check of his movements revealed that he left Alpine Thursday and arrived in San Angelo that day at 6:15 pm,
Friday morning the boy boarded an Abilene-bound bus with his
baggage and tendered a HO bill in payment to the bus driver, who was unable to make change. Young Simmons left’the bus to obtain change for the note in a drug store, the parents were told, but the bus drove off.
The youth reported to the police station in an effort to recover hts baggage. Mr. and Mrs. Simmons found his traveling case at the bus
terminal here, but have no other clue to his actions.
Mr. and Mrs. Simmons said the boy “had not been well’’ this summer, His description: five feet, nine inches tall; weight, 140 pounds; dark brown wavy hair, blue-gray eyes. He was wearing a dark gray suit and a grav hat, white shirt and brown Oxfords.
Final check up meeting for the I West Texa- Free fair, October 3-8, was held this morning at the Abl-lone chamber of commerce office when a directors’ session was fol- , lowed by reports from department i superintendents.
One of the hghlights of the board meeting was election o Merle Gru- I ver, new .ecretary-manager of the chambe, of commerce, as secretary I of the fair association. The post j formerly held by T. N. Carswell. I who resigned the postion and that j of chamber of commerce manager to enter private business.
Other action of the board was | the authorisation of a new con- . tract with the city on liability at ! the fair grounds, and authorization i of an inspection of the grandstand | to make doubly certain that it will be safe for capacity crowds.
From ;he fair office came announcement of Bonnie June Roberts as duchess from Goree.
In the superintendents' meeting. 1 reports showed that the fair is taking shape rapidly.
D. H Jefferies, president, and Gruver presided. Indications are that the exhibits will be more numerous and rn many cases more carefully exhibited—than in 1937
Workmen this week are making necessary repairs preparatory to placement of the exhibits in th buildings. Everything should be in read.ness for the fair by last of the week.
Each department superintendent present reported entries are coming in well and the last-minute rush may be averted.
The number of entries already lined up in various divisions "ol-low: home demonstration club exhibits, 21. including three out-ofcounty; 4-H and FFA boys, 12 booths; jack and stallion show, nine animals and three teams for pulling contest; Herefords, 32 head with that many more practically assured; dairy’, about 65 head; poultry, 200 birds; individual farm exhibits, three; community exhibits, only two or three and entries lagging; Womens divisions, things lined ut nicely, according to Mrs. O C. Williams, superintendent.
Czechs Fail to Knuckle Under
ZOO STOMACH TIME DISLIKES CLOCK CHANGE
PHILADELPHIA. Sept. 26 — I/P)—The end of daylight saving time created a sensation at the zoo, where the animals keep time by their stomachs.
Roaring, yowling, screech ng and grunting, they protested the delay in meals—postponed an hour when clocks were set back to standard time. It was a wrathful hour for the animals— but a good show for the visitors.
Nation Arrests Sudeten Deputy To Parliament
With Pound Nose-Diving—
STOCKS GO CRASHING IN LONDON
LONDON, Sept. 26.—(AP)—The Brit-I ish government announced tonight that Britain and Soviet Russia would join France in al triple front to aid Czechoslovakia in the event] of a German invasion.
Government Picks Inner Cabinet for War-Time Action
LONDON, Sept. 26 — (UP) — Stocks and bonds crashed on the London exchange today in the most spectacular session since the World war.
Hundreds of millions of dollars in market valuations were wiped out
as traders sought to hedge their holdings under the threat of a Europe-wide war.
The British pound sterling, bulwark of old world currencies, fell to the lowest level in three and one I half years. It dropped to 84.75 3-4,
the lowest sterling quotation since March 21. 1935 United States Steel common stock led the retreat in transatlantic issues. It sold an an American equivalent of 351 5-8, against tis previous New York close of 354 1-2.
■ Lions to Join Booster Trip
WASHINGTON. Sept. 26.— (AP)—The state department reported today the German frontier along Czechoslovakia Is closed and American citibens attempting to leave Czechoslovakia via Germany had to turn back and return to Prague.
Delegation Leaves Abilene at 7 a. rn. For West, South
Members of the Abilene Lions club are to join the Boosters Tuesday for one of the last promotion trips to be made through the terr!-
tory to advertise the West Texas, _have bePn_ communicated to Brttish Free fair, Oct. 3-8
PRAGUE, Sept. 26.—(UP)— Czechoslovakia today informed Great Britain that Adolf Hitler’s demands for surrender of the Sudetenland by October I were unacceptable and should be subject to further discussions.
The government’s decision, made after a night of study as the nation prepared for war, was understood to
He Who Drinks and Runs Away Lives To Pay Another Day—Likewise More
If you drive away without paying your beer bill in Sweetwater be sure that your license number plate is covered.
Three Abilene men ran off from a Sweetwa'er cafe last night owing a 70-cent check Sweetwater police telephoned Abilene officers description of the car and men.
Later in the night Abilene officers arrested the m°n.
The 70-cent bill was paid, plus $14 bond. Police sent th* money to Sweetwater.
Quartet Killed Along Border
LONDON, Sept. 26.—(AP)—An offi-l ciol statement issued by the foreign office today said that if, in spite of all efforts made by| Prime Minister Chamberlain, Germany wen to attack Czechoslovakia, France would go] to the aid of the little republic and that Brit-] ain would stand by France.
The foreign office statement added "itl still is not too late to stop this great tragedy and for the people of all nations to insist on| settlement by free negotiation/'
BERLIN, Sept. 26.—(UP)—Nazi Fueh rer Adolf Hitler tonight shouted a warnini to the world that Czechoslovakia must sur-1 render the Sudetenland by October I or Germany will take the territory by force.
President Eduard Benes of Czechoslo-| vakia, he said, now has the “choice between! war and peace.”
Hitler declared that:
Polish Volunteers Enlist for Inversion Of Tiny Republic
Report on the number of Lions who will accompany the boosters
Minister Basil Cochrane-Newton. SUDETEN DEPUTY SEIZED
(The Czech refusal to accede
was not available this morning, but I the German demands had been
1 made known earlier in London.)
The government listed its ob-
Trainmen Vote Eor Walkout
CHICAGO, Sept. 26—(AP) — President A. F. Whitney or the Brotherhood of Railroad Trainmen today informed H. A. Enochs, chairman of the Railroad Management Conference committee, and William M. Leiserson, chairman of the National Mediation hoard, that the brotherhood had voted to strike at 12:01 a. rn. Saturday October I,
officers of the Booster club express ed hope that the combined groups | would be much larger than last i week s delegations.
“We are glad to have the cooperation of the Lions club,” E. G. I Wood, Booster secretary said this morning. “If any of the other civic clubs want to send delegations with i us either tomorrow or on the last i trip, Thursday, they too will be more j than welcome.'’
Schedule for the day is: Leave Abilene at 7 o'clock. Loraine, 9 00-9:30; Colorado 9:25-40: Westbrook, j 9:55-1005; Coahoma, 10:25-35; Big Spring (lunch) 11:00-12:10; Sterling City. 1:20-35; Robert Lee, 2-10-20. Bronte, 2:40-50; Harriet. 3:10-15; San Angelo. 3:30-4:00; Miles, 4:30-35; j Rowena 4 50-5o. Ballinger, 5:10-30; i Hatched 5:40-45; Winters, 5:55-6:10; Bradshaw. 6:35-40; Ovalo, 6:50-7:00; Tuscola, 7:05-15;
jection to the Hitler demands, emphasizing economic, ethnographic and national defense reasons for refusing to accept.
The objections were rushed to completion so that they could be in the hands of Hitler before his address to the German nation this evening.
Meanwhile, the nation calmly prepared for the fateful decision of war or peace, confident that she would have alliea if war comes.
She had arrested Ernest Kundt, a Sudeten German deputy to parliament and a leader of the German minority which Hitler has pledged himself to protect, and charged him with operating a secret radio station here through which he informed return ®er^n °f developments.
Czech troops had reoccupied
HALF DOZEN SLAYINGS CREDITED TO DEAD OWNER OF ROADHOUSE
Suspect Shoats Self Fatally to Foil Officers Quizzing Him About Missing Women
(Copvright. 1938, bv United Press)
TE 8 CHEN, Czech-Polish Frontier, Sept. 26.—(UP) — sporadic gunfire resounded along the Teschen border today after a sharp clash between Poles and Czechs guards armed with machine guns.
1. German annexation of the Sudetenland is "the lastl territorial demand I have to make in Europe—but it is a point[ on which I will not yield.
2. Italy will fight with Germany if a general war breaki out and the Reich will never forget its “great friend” Premiei Benito Mussolini.
3. Germany sympathizes with the Poles, Hungarians ant other minorities in Czechoslovakia but “speaks only of the fate" of Germans in demanding a settlement immediately.
SAN DIEGO. Cal. Sept. 26— (UP)—Dolores Goodman, 30, estranged wife of Joe D. Ball, San Antonio tavern keeper who killed himself when authorities accused him of slaying a young barmaid, told San Diego county officers today that Ball admitted to her he had killed a woman named “Minnie” and buried her in the sand dunes near Ingleside last year.
ABILENE find vicinity: Fair tonight and Tuesday, coelar Tuesday.
W’est Texas Fair tonight and Tuaaday. alightly cooler In Panhandle tonight and In north portion Tuesday.
East Texas Fair tonight and Tuesday: cooler In northwest portion Tuesday. Highest temperature yesterday . . 93
Lowest temperature thij morning ..64
Last scheduled trip, Thursday, I Sudeten German region which Hlt-will swing northwest to Spur and *Pr wishes to annex to Germany and loop back through the Hamlin and *la<* dynamited bridges and other Anson territory. passages leading into the country
“We’ve had good reception all ^10ni Germany. Over 2.000,000 men of the trips so far,” Wood comment- cycry able-bodied man—were at
the defense lines on the frontiers and the anti-aircraft defenses of the interior cities.
The situation was exemplified by
I ed. “and we’re expecting even bet * ter reception on these last two.”
Stamford Farmer Injured in Crash
66 66 64
6 30 .8 31
Dry thermometer 87
Wet thermometer 62
Reletlve humidity 22
7 • m 12:3* p m 66 92
STAMFORD. Sept. 26—(Spl.)— A. R. Clary, 81-year-old retired Stamford farmer, is in a critical condition at the hospital here with injuries received Sunday night when struck by a car as he vttempted to cross the highway near the north city limits.
Because of his semi-conscious state. X-ray examination for fractures may not be possible today.
Driver of the car was R H. Harrison of Rule, who was accompanied by Lowell Thomas, also of Rule.
the calm announcements of the gov eminent radio, which kept the people informed of events that seemed to be pushing this war-created republic nearer to war.
First the radio announced that Czech police had reoccupied customs posts at four places along the fron-! tier, after driving back ’ insurgents’' j (.Sudeten Germans )
Then it w as announced that the government had formed a state i defense council comprised of key members of the cabinet—an Inner cabinet, prepared to act 1 quickly and with force.
ELMENDORF. Sept. 26-(UPi — Bexar county authorities sought today to prose half a dozen pretty women were victims of Joe Ball, 46-year-old tavern keeper who shot himself to death.
Ball killed himself after officers held him for questioning Saturday. and yesterday Clifford Wheeler, S2-vear-old negro, unearthed a dismembered body he claimed was that of Hazel Brown, who worked at Ball’s roadside restaurant.
Wheeler told officers he helped Ball dismember Miss Browns body after she was killed ’’to keep her quiet ” Wheeler led officers to a shallow grave on the banks of the Sa i Antonio river and disinterred the body.
Officers said they believed Ball, whose father was patriarch of this German town, had been involved in several affairs with women and had disposed of them when they threatened to expose him.
Sheriff's deputies John Gray and John Klevenhagen first questioned Ball Saturday, after a Mexican told
them he saw Bali carry a barrel into the home of his sister. Mrs Jimmy Loap. at 3 a rn. last Thursday. Another neighbor said he saw the barrel on the Loap premises the following day.
Employes at Balls roadhouse said Miss Brown disappeared last Tuesday night and that “at least a half dozen” other w’omen who had worked for Ball also had disappeared. Little was thought of the disappearances, they said, because most of them were transient workers.
Gray and Klevenhagen attempted to solve disappearances of Minnie Gothart and Minnie Kennedy Both disappeared about 18 months ago. They also sought a blonde woman named Estelle who suddenly disappeared, leaving her clothes in a back room of the roadhouse.
Gray and Klevenhagen grilled Ball two hours Saturday and took him before Mrs. Loap. who declared her brother had brought the barrel to her place.
Ball thpn asked to be allowed to return to his establishment to
One Czech policeman and three Poles seeking to caoss into Poland were killed and 15 Poles were wounded in fighting last night in I this district, wnich the Warsaw government demands be given up by Prague.
MOST OF THEM ESC APE
The clash was at Sryzat, about two miles from the frontier and two miles north of Teschen. About 40 Polish fugitives from Czechoslovakia tried to cross the Olsa river into Poland and were seen by Czech guards.
A Tech searchlight picked rut the fugitives. Police opened fire with machine guns, according to information received here. The fugitives used rifle*. Most of them escaped across the border.
There were many other scattered clashes. Rail traffic on two lines from Crarow to Prague has been halted. Last night Czechs tore up tracks across a bridge over the Olsa river. A “people* guard” of Czech officials and civilians aided the usual frontier guards.
There appeared to be no general “free corps” movement in Poland, but there was an organization called
The leader of Germany told a cheering throng in the Sportspalast that the memorandum he handed Prime Minister Chamberlain at Godes-berg Friday “is the last and final one.”
He asserted, however, that it was “nothing but what Bones promised’* in the Prague government’s acceptance September 21 of the first Anglo-French plan.
Further he asserted that “the final outlining of the border” between Germany and Czechoslovakia “I gladly give to the citizens there,” using the precedent of the Saar region for a plebiscite.
Hitler ended his address “to the entire Reich’’ at 9:34 p. rn. (2:31 p. rn., Abilene tim*). He had spoken an hour and 13 minutes.
Germany and Italy “will stand together and be able to defend themselves as a solid bloc if the worst comes to the worst,” Hitler told world waiting for his word as to whether there would be war or peace.
That his demands on Czechoslovakia were “the last territorial claim I will make.” but added ominously that it was a claim "which I wtl not give up.”
In the Sudeten issue, the fuehrer declared “we now stand confronted with the last and final problem, which has to be solved and will be solved."
This declaration followed a review of his relations w’ith the principal European powers, in the course of which he voiced his dissatisfaction
with the 1936 naval treaty wit! Britain, limiting Germany s nava power.
Earlier he had told his country men that Germany had “an armec force the like of which the work has never seen."
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Germans Bv FDR’s
check the cash register. Once be- ’former front fighters” recruiting hind the bar. he whipped out a Silesian volunteers for action along pistol and “covered” the tw’o dep- the frontier. They reported they uties. When Gray and Klenhagen had signed 50 000 in Poland who drew their guns at him. Ball shot art* ready to take up arms and cross
WASHINGTON, Sept. 26— <AP)-slovakia told President Roosevelt Czech-German dispute could be force."
-President Benes of Czecho-today he believed that the settled “without resort to
himself through the heart.
'Sit-Down' Strike Front Is Quiet
Hopkins, Governors Map Disaster Aid
By FREDERICK C. OECHSNER
BERLIN. Sept. 26— tUPt—German c.uarters, angry at American "interference" in European affairs, predicted today that Adolf Hitler woulc reply in a speech tonight to President Roosevelt’s cable, sent to him anc President Eduard Benes of Czechoslovakia, appealing for Deace
As air force men mounted anti-aircraft guns at strategic points ir Berlin and newspapers whipped up public opin.on to support Hitler tc
When Congress Reconvenes—
NEW COMMITTEEMEN MAY SIGNAL FDR'S LEGISLATIVE SUCCESS
WASHINGTON, Sept. 26.—(ZP)— Success of President Roosevelt's legislative program in the next congress, politicians say, may depend largely on the outcome of a scramble for choice house committee assignments.
Primary defeats, retirements and
resignations already have removed many members of such important committees as the ways and means and appropriations. General elections in November may create other vacancies.
Democrats held most of the committee positions already certain to be vacant and capitol veterans said
today that unless party leaders exercised great skill m assigning newcomers, there might be realignments which would give republicans and conservative democrats enough votes on some committees to delay important legislation.
In the senate, there is less prospect of important anges in com
Death of Senator Copeland <D-NY) probably w’ill elevate Senator Bailey (D-NC) to the chairmanship of the commerce committee. Defeat of Senator McAdoo (D-Calif) in the primaries created a vacancy in the chairmanship of the patents committee.
All was quiet on Abilene’s liquor front this morning Apparently the j “sit-down strikes ’ staged last week are neai an end.
Check up of the Mexican section showed that all places under sit-down observation had closed. Two of the Mexicans had left town and j the others had shut their places of business.
J. M. Waltrip, arrested Saturday on charge of possession of beer for purpose of sale, completed $1,000 bond yesterday. L-men visited his j home again this morning but found I no beer.
j Report from headquarters was that the necessity for the sit down tactics might be temporarily over, but the officers will continue patrolling for several days yet.
BOSTON. Sept. 26— (UP)—WPA Administrator Harry L. Hopkins conferred today with New England governors on the task of rehabilitating 100.000 made homeless by last week’s hurricane, tidal waves and floods, and repairing nearly a half billion dollars in property damage The death toll of New* England's worst disaster neared 650.
WASHINGTON, Sept, 25—(AP)—President Roosevelt decided today to hold a special cabinet meeting tomorrow to consider the crisis in Europe.
White house aide* said the cabinet session had been moved up from Friday to Tuesday because of conditions abroad.
The president, they added, was keeping In touch with reports from Europe as they came in. minute by minute.
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the limit whatever he might: say in his speech, a propaganda ministr; spokesman said of the president's a peal:
“Ii was sent to the wrong address. Prague is the proper address It is up to Prague to decide whether there will be peace or war. Ger many is now merely demanding the realization of what for a long tim* has beer admitted hers as a moral right.”
NEW YORK. Sept. 26—^—Officials of the French line disclosed ; today that Mrs. Georgia Piker, wife of a federal official in Washington, disappeared at sea last Saturday ! night from the inbound I Champlain.
Immediate German reaction to the president's cablegram seemed to be shown plainly In an article in the Diplomattsche Politische Korrespondenz, mouthpiece of the liner foreign office. It said:
“It is time the people of the
American continent realized their real duties more and permitted themselves to be led less by egotistical instincts,
particularly as that is in oppo-See REACTIONS, Pg. 8. Col. 6. There'll Be More to See, More to Do Than Ever Before-At West Texas Free Fair, Abilene, Oct. 3-8
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