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in outlying districts, outside of the city Of this amount $621,000 was in by the Then worth of in the two issued the in of the greatest history during company, completed, was issued costing finished by 15. construction. permits 1s- to George for the at streets at structure February 1, now under 't. uc- $140,000. Telephone Fourth cost records. built by $40,000. Second and on Sec- company's building on being Banner and build- are South First $15,000 $24,BOO, S. Anderson and and total of municipal West Texas at a cost auditorium school Peach ward North streets, a in public the year. with compiled Jake Amounts 5188,215 321.627 303.216 391.848 585,175 445,008 293510 103,532 290,660 148.007 212,650 are those a BURNS 31 -An Lankaeken, destroyed a fierce work and killed. Five have as Mr. and Free Mrs. Roy and Mrs. Free of $10.00 clothes of this Friday for the sold a of for $15 the most wants you ACTIVITIES OF GANG TOLD BY MRS. HER910N CISCO, Dec. 31.-- An amazing story, told by Mrs. Josephine Herron of Wichita Falls, friend of three of the four captured Cisco bank bandits, Friday led Mayor J. M. Williamson to call on Governor Moody, the state bankers' association, and operatives of the Burns Detective Agency to continue investigations which he believes will lead to clearing Texas and Oklahoma of a band of bank bandits who have spread terror is recent months. Mrs. Herron, taken into custody Sunday night as she sought the Fox place with a physician, and another woman, was questioned by Mayor Williamson un- U midnight Thursday, but results of the quiz were held bailc until after the capture of the two remaining bandits. Mrs. Herron is of slight build and was dressed in a mannish attire brought here from Albany for questioning. She wore khaki trousers the bootees, and a woman's gray coat. Her hair appeared a reddish brown and looked as if it were dyed. She displayed a keen wit and her dark eyes flashed while she talked Her talk was somewhat illiterate at times. She said she is the wife of Francis Herron, an electrician, and lives on route 6, just outside Wichita Falls. Among the chief admissions made by the woman was the fact that she herself made the Santa Claus costume which Marshall Ratliff wore in the bank robbery. She said she had made it for use at tier home on Christmas day, but that when Ratliff, Henry Helms and Robert Hill came to her house the nisht before the robbery, they asked her for it and she gave it to them, Mrs. Herron asserted that Ratliff and Robert Hill boarded at her house, having come there at directions of Herrfy Helms, whom she had known for seven or eight years. She said Lee Ratliff, recently returned to the penitentiary after being arrested at Corpus Christ), had also boarded with her, and that the boys went under the names of Bob and Bill Chancy, although she knew their real names. She said she knew Helms was a criminal and that she also knew the Ratliff boys had served In the penitentiary for bank'robbery. She added that she did not know much about Hill's past. She said he was very nervous. "They were always talking about going away and never coming back," she asserted. "And I always wished they would." "Despite the fact you felt that way, you were willing to drive from Wichita. Falls to Moran to bring them medical aid?" she was asked. "Well, I thought it was only a humane thing to do," she replied. Continuing, Mrs. Herron said Helms had told her that if he ever went away and anything happened, she could get information about him at the Fox ranch between Moran and Putnam, and that when she got the information she was to communicate with Dr. J. B. Vick of Wichita Falls, the man with whom she was arrested. "I never told my EEV. J. W. NEWSO5I Beginning this morning at 11 o'clock a revival meeting will be held at the Trinity Baptist church. South Eleventh and Pecan streets, hr Rev. J. W. Newsom, it was an r :ounc-;d yes' - v. ilie Trinity church was ton ;.. r . knowri P4 Arcteie Bryant Meni,..4 church. There will be services ea,-h -:ay at 10 a. m. and 7:15p.m.thrcugB two weeks. Rev. Joe K. Ford, t-;e legu- lar pastor, wYtl join with Rev. N' som in cc.i«'r"'\? the meeting, Ruv. Ford havlfii =. a,t?e of the sou£ service. A general invitation to the services was issued by Evangelist Newsom. persons is expected to bring out more evidence concerning the bank bandit ring of Texas and Oklahoma. Get your Y a-Lo football card game at the Spanish Garden.--Adv. Weather-- (Continued from page 1.) " from 12 to 16 degrees by Sunday morninT. Waco reported a minimum of 20 and a maximum of 7 degrees below freezing. Cold In South Texas Southwest Texas experienced temperatures below freezing as far south as San Antonio where the mercury rested at 30 at 8 p. m. Temperatures of between 14 and 20 were expected b ymorning. Edinburg reported 48 degrees at 8 p. m., Brownsville 46 at 7 p. m., but citrus fruit growers had not been warned of sub-freeing- , temperatures and had taken no precautions to protect fruit. Galveston expected the severest coid, a temperature of 22 degrees having beer predicted. At Houston the tXy wus clear, and the temperature hovcrei just above freezing, while 18-degret mark was expected before naming;. ~-rpus Christ! reported clear ''.:-, rfith sub-freezing temperature,' - rie beginning of the new year. · » · PADTJCAH, Dec. 31.--A blizzard which struck here Friday aiterr"on sent the thermometer down to 8 above zero last night. This is the coldest it has been here for several years but f .': is clear and d r y very little a-mnge to livestock is indicated. STAMFCiJl, T 31. --Coldest weather of the ;;ar this morning; mercury shoving 18 above. SLATON, Dee, 3 1 . -- S w e e p i n g down from the northwest early Friday evening, a . ·:: wave struck this section and lowered the mercury to 10 degrees by Saturday morning. The temperature remained below freezing throughout the day. No snowfall was registered here. Farm operations are being hindered with some cotton yet in the fields. Gins had light receipts today. Entire Nation in Blizzard's Grip (P.v The A»»ni-lnlccl Prrml Old 1927 bowed out with an icy chuckle last night, having demonstrated his potency by smiting the nation with the most severe weather of the whiter, and to some sections the coldest in years. , Virtually the entire country felt ._ _u-- ,,* £ ne O i,j year's parting Mrs. Herron told of the event; on the night before the robbery. Helms gave her some money with which to buy four cans of corned beef, some pork and beans, a can of coffee, and other food, which she did, she asserted. They went to town where she had some barber work done. She returned home to prepare supper, and about 7:15 p. and Robert Hill came to the Herron home for supper. They came to the house in a Buick sedan which they said belonged to Louis E. Davis, later identified as the fourth member of the bandit gang after he was fatally wounded in the robbery. The men then le!t, and Mrs. Herron said she o left that night for Oklahoma City. It was on Sunday, she said, before she went to Dr. Vick to tell him about where the men could be found. She said Dr. Vick asked her to go with him to Moran and that, accompanied by Mrs. Murphy, the physician's housekeeper, they begar, the trip. Sunday night they were unable to find the way to the Fox -ancli, and were arrested by Shackelford county officers as they inquired their way there. The officers took them to the Fox ranch, and it v/as later learned that as the party came in the front door, Henry Helms left the back door. Mrs. .Fox and others at the home were placed in custody, anrt further ouef.tlonius of these Year amid temperatures of zero or far below in the northern and central portions, and below freezing along the southern fringe. New Orleans pictured its coldest New year's morn in 30 years, while the placid lower Rio Grande Valley of Texas awaited the ushering in of below freezing temperatures. Several Deaths Caused Several deaths were attributed to the storm, more than a score of per- i.,n? were injured in railroad colli- si-is in Chicago due to a blinding snow trains were delayed and highways blocked, while off the Northern Atlantic coast a heavy fog har- rassed shipping. Out of the Canadian Rocky mountain region, source of many a winter's storm, the cold wave swept, spreading snow s,nd sub-zero weather over the mountain states and then reaching southeastward into the middle west and central sections. Stinging was the north wind as it drifted ,now high in railroad cuts and on highways. The heaviest snowfall of the j-ear more than six inches fell In the vicinity of Kansas City. Oklahoma Records Fall Into Oklahoma, where the coldest December 31 on record was expcrl enced at OUahorm. City and on into Texas and Arkansas l!ie storm spread. Temperatures below freezing were predicted for the gulf coastal region by morning. Advancing eastward, the itorra left bank and his parents here today, holding the father and mother captives in a private garage while they ""-ced the son to open the bank's it. They escaped with $80,000 Vn currency. As George Anderson, the teller, drove into his garage shortly before midnight, six men stepped forward and said they were prohibition agents. They wanted to search his automobile and home, they said, and would not harm him if he remained quiet. Mr. and Mrs. Algot Anderson, the teller's parents, were made captive in the house, which the bandits searched thoroughly to be sure no one was missed. Drawing revolvers, the men ordered the family out of the house. They took them tc a private garage, rented the previous day, where they bound the Andersons and held them until about 6 o'clock. Leaving two of their number to »uard the elder Andersons, four of them put George into their car and headed for the bank. They forced him to open the front doors with keys he carried but he protested, although they threatened him with death, that he had done all he could for them. The safe's door wa% controlled by a time lock which WM Anderson to twirl the combination of the massive vault dors. Withlr were stacked strong boxes containing currency intended for transfer today to a bank in tho downtown loop district and these the men hurriedly loaded into their automobile. Securities totaling more than a million dollars and silver amountinc to approximately $10,000 were not touched by the robbers. The vault cleaned out. Anderson was gagged, bound and a pillow slipped over his head. He was locked In a washroom where Charles Jackson, a private policeman, in the employ of the bank, found h' -a a few minutes later. As undisturbed as if they were on their way to a ITew Year's celebration, the men returned to the garage where the parents of Anderson were bound and under guard. They put the two guards into their machine and drove off, leaving Mr. an,:'. Mrs, Anderson to free themselves ^s bast they could In the unheaced garRge. With some efforts they escaped.from their bonds and sailed trie poilcf, Anderson. ctOctal* of ths bank said, had an »xceile"t reputation and had worked for the Rnvenswood Institution since he was a lad. Walter D. Rath.le, jjresMent of the bank, salt! he- believed Anderson's story in-.sllcltly. cold weather in southern states and veered northward, to assure the east a nipny New Year's day. Rain was praUcibd. for New England, followed by mow. On the comparatively mild Pacific coast the forecast was for colder i?eathev, accompanied by rains but with freezing blasts in Washington and Oregon. 30 Below In Montana Montana and Wyoming points reported temperatures down to 30 below zero, while in Minnesota and the Dakotas the mercury skidded to 20 below. Colorado, Kansas, Nebraska and centra! states experienced zero or below. In Chicago, three deaths were attributed to the snowstorm that raged through last winter, and collisions in the railroad yards and on the elevated there today due to blinding snow added more than a score of injured to the storm's toll. Traffic accident? w»-e numerous there and in other large cities. At Townsend, Montana, a rnan died from exposure. Air mail planes of the Chicago- Dallas route abandoned schedules due to adverse weather. Eastbound trains were delayed in the Middle West area by the bitter weather and snow drifts. In the Sierra m~antaitia uear Long Barn, Colo., 20 Boy Scouts v~e marooned in a deserted lumber camp with less than three days rations on hand. Snow drifts from ten to fourteen feet deep surrounded them. Cisco Gang-- " (Continued from page 1.) " ver taken from Sheriff White by the ;ang who kidnaped him. Cannichael Dying Reports from the hospital at Cisco where a. W. Carmichael, 60, Cisco police officer who was shot through the brain in the gun battle after the Cisco holdup, said that the veteran officer is lying at the point of death. A signed confession to the Cisco bank robbery in which G. E. Bedford, police chief, was slain, and eight others wounded, was made by R. M. (Bobby) Hill last night in the presence of officers and newspapermen. Henry Helms talked about the holdup, but declined to make a written statement while Marshall Ratliff said he would sign a statement as soon as he was physically able. Didn't Expect Killings Attorney Frank Sparks, after being roused from his pain by opiates. "When we shot in the bank, we just intended to scare people. We thought they would ran." He could not remember what happened after the holdup, he said. Hill, a slender man in his early twenties, who declared Helms was delirious for two days prior to their capture, as the pair skulked in the cedar thickets along the Brazos river in Young county, readily signed a confession and was expected to expand on it today. Mrs. Rilla Ratliff, mother of Marshall Ratliff, who is attending her son in his desperate illness from . gun shot wounds, received in the battle near South Bend Tuesday, said Ratliff would make a confession when able. Every one of the four bandits who held up the bank last Friday was wounded in the battle at the bank. Louis E. Davis, the fourth bandit, died from wounds. * * * EASTLAND, Dec. 31.--Arrangements for calling the Eastland county grand jury together Monday morning were completed today and that body will immediately begin an invsstigation of the Cisco .robbery. Following is the personie 1 ot the grand jury that will investigate ths case: W. D. Conway, oil operator. Ranger; Leslie Hagaman, refinery operator, Ranger; G. D. Chastain, drilling contractor, Ranger; G. N Collins, farmer and stockrra.a,. Carbon; W. A. Dolberry, farmer, Eastland, route 1;. Fred-Dillon, farmer, Eastland, route 1; Joseph M. Weaver, president States Oil Corporation, Eastland; W. M. Burgamy, grocery man, Eastland; S. S. Brawner, warehouse man and drayman, Eastland; W. B. Smith, banker,-Eastland; E. E. Freyschlag, Insurance man, Eastland; A. Anderson, casing · machine owner and operator, Ranger. * * * Local Officers Return at End Of Big Manhunt After a week of working together day and night with but one object-the capture of the gang which staged the bank robbery at Cisco last week--a hundred or more West Texas officers and specially deputized citizens exhibited a trace of regret on leaving each other at Graham early Friday when the last "Killing anybody was farthest Uwo members of the bandit gang from my heart," Helms told County were captured unexpectedly, local Postal Receipts In Abilene Total $167,069.6? For Year, Maintaining Steady Increase All records for postal receipts for one Tear and for one month were shattered in December when receipts at the local postoffice gained $1.518.28 over the same month of 1925. The gain for 1927 over the. preceding year was $18.843.03 approximately 15 per cent, the report of Paul H. Scott, assistant postmaster, shows. The 1027 receipt amounted to $167,069.67 ns compared to $148,226.64. Tho increase in the year just closed is in keeping with that of pre- cedini; years. In 1926 the gain over tho preceding yenr was $22,988.22 just a little more than that for 1927. Business at the Abilene postoftlce has more than doubled in thf: last five years. Receipts for 1922 aijgre- dated t7S.R21.35. In 1933 th« total BELIZE, 31.--New Colonel delivering another republic-Salvador. as at St. Louis of the has of the upward, will Salvador, He Salvador which the and 30 Church The Abilene fci« eve the hundreds in giving vociferous infant Watch one or 10 p. after The usual Monday, and one LITTLE BY (By she was her new put on Liindsey. Mrs. J. near riddled . wearing back father "scaring o2nmd shotgun, chilcu-en girl ran striking Physicians recover. 31.-Henry widely and 01 the University fatally injured automobile a moving Both after the 100 T E A school be well Phone FARM treesG, VERY furnished; close in. was $87,73657; 1924, $103,176.98; 1925, $125,238.43. I December, as has been the case during the last five years, was the 1 heaviest month in postal receipts October, with a total of $15.291.93 came closer to approaching the December amount. | Receipts for the past two years follow: | Month-- 1926 1927 January $11,735.63 $13,540.9(; February 10.398.85 11,903.44 ·March 11,782.00 14,069.82 April 12.117.13 14.461.56 May 11.068.58 12,447.76 June 10.657.45 12,873.47 July 12.581..53 12,912.981 August 10.753.18 12.134.51 i September 12,008.63 13,521.32 October 13,59155 15,29199 November 13,32:U2 14,169.58 December 18.ans.0a 19.737MI

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  2. 01 Jan 1928, Sun,
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