Pampa Daily News from Pampa, Texas on April 15, 1937 · Page 1
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THE WEATHER ARKANSAS, OKliAHOMA AND WEST ftefcA&-PAftTI J Y OLOUfcY TONIGHT AND PRtDAV. ampa TUNE IK A Dependable Institution Set-vine PfcfnpA and the Nofthea»tern Panhandle THE HIGH FtDELm? THE PAMPA GAILY NEWS AT TOP O' TEXAS, COVERItIO ItCB HANDLE DAILY FROM SUNRISa BUN8KT. (1310 K3LOCYCI^!S). (VOL. 81. NO. 9) full AP Leased PAMPA, GRAY COUNTY, TEXAS, THURSDAY EVENING, APRIL 15, 1937. 12 PAGES TODAY (PRICE FIVE Settlement Of tone Star Gas Strike Begins TEACHERS BILL is m m PARTICIPATION WOULD BE OPTIONAL WITH TEACHERS AUSTIN. April 15. (IP) — The House overwhelmingly passed a Senate bill today to set up a teachers' retirement fund with the state matching; contributions of' teachers. Th,e -plan would become effective this fall with educators contributing 5 per cent of their salaries up to $3,600 a year, The state's share would be raised through special taxes yet to be levied. The House adopted an amendment ..' providing that participation would be optional with teachers already in the profession but mandatory on all entering hereafter. Cost to the state at the outset was estimated at about $1,500,000 annually. The ; final draft of the bill likely will be worked out by a conference committee. PORT WORTH. April 15 </P)— Strike representatives and company officials studied peace proposals preparatory to resuming negotiations today In the Lone Star Oas Company strike. Conferees meeting with Dr. Edwin A. Elliot, regional director of the national relations board, recessed a first session last night, after which Dr. Elliot said he expected amicable settlement of the strike at today's meeting. The company's main office, warehouse and shops have been picketed since Monday, when workers struck in protest of releasing 20 workmen. Usually reliable sources said points at issue scheduled for the conference included collective bargaining, restoration of service immediately, employment of all men now on strike and the discharge of the 26 employes. The company maintained the men v/ere released because their work was done. COURT BILL SUBSTITUTE URGED AUSTIN, April 15 (IP)— The House resumed debate today on a Senate bill' providing n teachers' retire- meht- fund with the state to match contributions of educators. It.adopted an amendment providing that participation In the program would be optional with teachers' already in the profession but mandatory on all entering the service hereafter. . .A, bill appropriating $389,347.50 for support of 1937 summer schools at the various state colleges became a law when Gov. James V. Allred filed, it without his signature. The appropriatiaon compared with one of _$266,960.65 for last summer. ;The Senate suspended its rules to. permit. intrcjdyo.tion . of . a . bil' which would extend the life of the centennial commission of control for'two years. The purpose of the bill was to enable the commission to complete business affairs of the celebration. .Resuming consideration of a con- stitutional'amendment which in its original form proposed a sales tax to support a general social security program including old age assistance; the Senate heard arguments on an movement to substitute taxes on. natural resources for the sales levy, ; Among bills signed by the governor was one by Rep. Augustine Celaya o£ Brownsville prohibiting seining in ship channels. ' Rep. W. E, Pope of Corpus Christ! obtained .the required four-fifths consent to introduce a bill permitting movement of all oil in storage in, fields prior to March 1 on payment of stipulated fees ranging from J.O to 37 cents per barrel. Ahqther bill offered in the House would .provide a uniform closeoTsea- son of February, March and April on fishing in Medina lake near San Antonio, i. Senate bills approved by the House included one making a $75,000 emergency appropriation to the prison syltem for supplies and another allowing Bexar 'county grand jury bailiffs traveling expenses of $25 a month each..The House passed one of two bills Designed to exempt note's held by state banks from the note tax. •AUSTIN, April 15 (/P)—A senate proposal, aimed at blocking possible sit-down strikes in Texas, today again bore the approval of a House committee to which It had been returned for further study. The bill, amended to reduce the maximum penalty for violation from five to two years in jail and insuring employes the right to picket and conduct orderly strikes, would prohibit workers remaining on property to force the owner "to to anything whatsoever" after being asked to leave. Opponents said there existed no necessity for the bill and that it cast a reflection on labor unions while proponents maintained sit- down methods were a violation of property rights. VIOLATION OF Li TO USE PENNIES IN PUSES It is not only dangerous but a violation of the law to place pennies behind fuses and to bridge fuses. Fire Chief Ben White has found several business houses and residences where use of pennies behind fuses are in use. Several warnings have been issued and further complaints will be cause for prosecution, Chief Ben White WASHINGTON, April 15 Iff) — Senate civil liberties investigators said today they had been investigating income tax records of some officials of Harlan County, Ky., in connection with the inquiry into 'anti-union terrorism" in the Kentucky coal fields. The agents refused to disclose which officers were under Investigation. Chairman LaFollette (Pro., Wls.) called on High Sheriff Theodore Middleton and County Judge Morris Saylor for their account of violence which he said had suppressed union organiaztlons in the Harlan area for 15 years. Middleton was described in testimony by Lawrence Dwyer, elderly United Mine Workers organizer, as the worst article we ever had in Harlan county." Dwyer accused the sheriff of giving deputies' commissions to "gunmen" paid by the local mine operators, and charged that Ben Unthank —now a fugitive—was the chief of Middleton's "road killers." Unthank was one of a band, Dwyer testified, which ambushed him on a deserted mountain road and wounded two passengers in his car. Senate Investigators said they were increasingly eager to locate Unthank, identified by several witnesses as chief deputy for the Harlan County Coal Operators' Association. Three of his former employes said Unthank was the instigator of a plot to "blow up" Dwyer's residence, and said he paid them from $30 to $100 each for the job in November, 1933. The 72-year-old organizer said he was not seriously injured by the explosion, although it blasted the wall of his room in the Parrott hotel at Pineville, Ky. said this morning. "There is great danger of fire through use of pennies," Chief White said. 'The Railroad Commission of Texas has turned to Pampa to pick its supervising chemical engineer for the state. Today, appointment of Walter F. G. Stein was announced to that post. *Mr.-Stein resigned as a chemist for the Magnolia Petroleum company to accept the state position. Mr. and Mrs; Stein will remain here for perhaps two months when they plan to move to Austin. ; Mr. Stein, who returned yesterday from a trip to Dallas, Austin and gan 'Antonio, said this morning that he would not resign as scoutmaster of Boy Scout troop 14, sponsored jjy the Sam Houston school, "until he leaves for good." I Heard 11 Owes O. E, "pan" McGrew, mayor of Kingsmill, an apology for inadvertently leaving his name out of the list Pf new directors of thi j>ampa Pountry club yesterday. still 'contend that his name was left off. 'the U>t handed to us.) Pampa baseball fans all excited afegnijt the opening of night base- IjaUto Pampa tomorrow night when tfte" Homestead Grays, Negro National league champions last year, .wJ!j; meet P&mpa's new club tomor* rw'.a;n4 Saturday night. New faces wW appear in the P&mpa lineup. TEMPERATURE RISES TO Summertime invaded the Panhandle pampas today, and mercury In the official government gauge at 2 o'clock this afternoon stood at 88 degrees. A bright sun shone all day. Last night's lowest temperature was 53 degrees. Fair and continued warm is the forecast for tonight and Friday. Human Hibernator Rises From Bed WATERTOWN, Wis., April 15 (IP)— The world and its bustling activity this winter were just One long yawn as far as Watertown's human hibernator was concerned —he's interested principally With the coming baseball season. President Roosevelt's inauguration, an epidemic of sit-down strikes, unprecedented floods, an historic controversy over the Supreme Court, and the abdication of King Edward VIII were a few of the happenings since Arthur E. (Turkey) Gehrke pulled up the blankets for his annual winter's sleep. "How did life in the world look to you last winter from your bed, Turkey?" he was asked today as he sat in his tavern visiting with friends. "Right now," yawned Gehrke, "the important thing to me is how the Chicago Cubs are going to go this year." "Sit down strikes?" "Well, I hope those cubs don't sit down on the Job of winning the national league pennant." The 240-pound tavern keeper has spent each winter in bed for some 25 years because cold weather brings a "misery" in his stomach. VIOLENCE IN KENTUCKY INVESTIGATED BY COMMITTEE Jap Steals Parse Of Helen Keller TOKYO, April 15 M*)—A pickpocket today stole the purse of Helen Keller, celebrated blind and deaf educator, shortly after she had stepped ashore at Yokohama for a Japanese lecture tour. All Japan was aroused at the incident, occurring, as It did, on Miss Keller's first visit to the Orient. A widespread search for the culprit was under way. The purse contained 200 yen (about $00). Miss Keller herself did not report the theft and police learned of it only by chance. Japan gave Miss Keller a noisy and colorful welcome. She is to lecture and introduce the new "talking book" to Japan's 200,000 blind persons. She seemed especially touched by the thousands of Japanese children who cheered and waved American flags. A companion described the scene for her. Miss Keller will be among Emperor Hirohito's guests tomorrow at the annual imperial cherry blossom garden party. She planned also to go to Korea, Manchoukuo and China. TO JAIL IN FRANCE P.ERPIGNAN, France, April 15 (fl 5 ) —Six Americans were sentenced to one month in prison today on charges of attempting to enter Spain to volunteer in the government army. They were arrested near Thulr April 9, the third group to have been arrested within a week. The Americans, who told police they sailed from New York March 25 aboard the liner Manhattan, identified themselves as. Aba Letvin, 22, student, New York. Morris Simon Fishman, 34, grocer, Los Angeles; Everett Wllloughby, 26, metalworker, Marlon, O.; Albert Byron Sanford, 29, mechanic, Rochester, N. Y,; Raymond Elvln Tiger, 24, Salesman, Alfalfa, Okla.; Herbert Hart Hutner, 27, writer, Brooklyn, N. Y. Top Rows of Park Grandstand To Be Made Into Boxes Works Progress Administration officials from Amarillo visited in Pampa yesterday afternoon when they conferred with City Manager C. L. Stine and W. T. Williamson, supervisor of the fairground project. Every cooperation possible will be given to get the park ready for a spring race meet, June 5 to 18, tentative dates, the officials said. Work of tearing the top rows of the grandstand down and constructing box seats at the front started this morning. The grandstand braces will be strengthened to pass government requirements. Building of the fence between the lawn in front of the grandstand and the track will start immediately. SONS TO MEET The regular meeting of the Squadron of the Sons of the American Legion will be held at the Legion Hut Friday,' April 16 at 7:30 p. m. All members are urged to be there and bring a prospective member with you. All boys who are the sons of members of the American Legion are especially requested to be present. $6,900 Street Sweeper Here Fampa's new Elgin street sweeper arrived this mp chanics and &r» Factory will arrive this afternoon tq place tfee machine in operation and tP Instruct operators. . pjty officials were IvppeW W»t * e sweeper could be serviced in time to begin operations tonight. The sweeper was purshased two weeks ago at a cost of $6,900. Pampa has been without street sweeping equipment for nearly two .years.. REBELS AGAIN FAIL TO BREAK LOYALIST LINES MADRID, April 15. (IP)— Heavy artillery fire on the University City front in Madrid abruptly subsided today after insurgent troops failed to break steadily encircling government lines. The government declared thai 3,000 insurgents in the suburban stronghold had been cut off completely from supplies of food and ammunition. Asturian dynamite throwers, government artillery and machine gunners kept up a steady fire during the night, sweeping the Manzanares river bridge, connecting link with insurgents in Casa de Campo a parks section on the western side of the capital. Heavy shelling of the capital,yesterday by Insurgents sent at least a "dozen persons to hospitals.. Febus, official Spanish news agency, reported insurgents failec in an attempt to recapture the Hermitage of Santa Quiteria on the Aragon front, dominating the Huesca and Zaragoza highways. Heavy storms were said to have halted fighting in the Basque country in northern Spain, where insurgents are trying to capture the port city of Bilbao. Febus said government troops, however, had succeeded in cleaning out the last of insurgent entrenchments in the Bilbao sector at Mount Sablgain. The long-awaited establishment of a land-and-sea patrol of Spain culminated months of effort by the big powers to put into force their plan to isolate the Spanish war as far as possible and safeguard the rest of Europe against possible repercussions. The advisory board notified the sub-committee a skeleton staff sufficient to enforce the blockade ol Spain ashore and at sea was ready at various control ports- and frontier posts. _ ^ NEWS CHICAGO, April 15 (/P) —John Anthony Buzas, 18-year-old garag< mechanic, was seized by federal agents today and charged with sending an extortion letter to Ginger Rogers demanding $500 under threats of death to the Hollywood actress "or anyone else who gets In the way." Agents said Buzas enclosed a picture of himself and wrote on the envelope a return address only a few doors away from his home on the far sounth side. FORT WORTH, Aprl 15 (IP)— Conference between striking union em- ployes and the Lone Star Gas company and officials of the company was resumed today at the gas firm'! office. Weanwhile strikers continued to blockade the downtown offici and warehouse of the company, dur ing the strike's fourth day. Th< conference started Wednesday after noon in the office of Edwin A. El Hot, regional director of the Na tional Labor Relations Board. El liott expects an amicable adjust' ment of the strike today. BILBAO, Spain, April 15 (ff)— fleet of insurgent planes subjecte< this besieged Basque government' capital to a bitter bombing attack this afternoon. The raid began a 1:85 p. m. and continued for 3d minutes. Especially hard hit was thi factory district along the Ncrvion river. •*• ROYALTY CENSORED. AMSTERDAM, The Netherlands April 15 (/P)—Church and seeula newspapers today censored Orbwn Princess Juliana and Prince Ber nard, just returned from the! honeymoon, for "desecrating th Sabbath.." Sam Houston School Band Preps for Contests Above is shown a picture of tire Sam Houston school band which will participate in the band contests to be held here next weekend. Members of the band are as follows: Standing, left to right: Brent Blonkvist, accordion; Jack Archer, drum; Marvin Suttle, drum major; Milton Wooton, bass; Joe Cox, bass; John Robert Lane, drum. Back circle sealed, left to right: Hugh Blevins, Lcroy Malonc, Troy Boles, Neclie Jo Ellis, Belly Saunders, Doris Mac Jarvis, Lloyd Ztuo- tony, Gary deShazo, Harold Hope James Harrahv cornels; Blllie Finkbclncr, drum carrier; baritones, Klidolph Taylor, John McColm; trombones, Don Stevens, Doyle Rogers, Arlie Sailor. Ncxl circle lo front, left lo right: clarinets, Anna Lou McCoy, John Humphreys, Cora Lee Car- gilc, Bill While; Warren Falher- ce, alto saxophone; Edward Da- vis, tenor saxophone; allo horns, Sammie June Lanham, Blllie Dixon, Brian Eller; clarinets, James Boston, Phyllis Perkins, Joan Sawyer, Dorothy June Johnson, Esther June Mullinax. Front row, left lo right: Clarinets, Elaine Carlson, Martha Frances Pearson, Belly Ann Cul- bcrson; Robert Addinglon, lenor saxophone; E-flal clarinet, Anna Cox; clarinets. Joyce Stinc, Roy Cone, Helen Jean Paxloii, Willa Dean Ellis. Pampa Credit Collections Show Greatest Increase TIL T Burl Wagnon and Lee Kratz, claimed by officers to be members of the notorious Pete .Traxler outlaw band, will go to trial jointly at Wheeler May 10 for their alleged participation in the Christian Babitzke farm home robbery near Lipscomb on the evening of Jan. 12, 1936. Traxler and another member of the gang already have been sentenced for the robbery. Traxler pleaded guilty of robbery with firearms last November and was sentenced to life in the state penitentiary at Huntsville. Last week Johnny Hughes, another member of the band, was convicted by a jury and given a 20-year term In the pen. Both sentences were pronounced by District Judge W. R. Ewing, of Pampa. Traxler and Hughes were tried in Lipscomb county, but Judge Ewing granted Kratz and- Wagnon a change of venue to Wheeler county. Officers say they have confessions from Kratz and Wagnon. Traxler took the stand at the trial of Hughes last week and again told the story of the Babitzke robbery. He told of the four men going to the farm home of the Babitzkes and forcing- members of the family to reveal the hiding place of $2,600, their life savings. Ben Babitzke, 18-year-old son of the family, was shot by one of the bandits during the hold-up. Kratz and Wflgnon are in the Gray county jail here, awaiting trial. Kratz has been confined here since arrest of the four last fall. Wagnon has been in jail at Amarillo but was brought to Pampa this week. Deputy Sheriff George Inman caught up with another school bus stop law violator on the road between Pampa and Kingsmill yesterday afteroon. L. S. Hobbs was fined $32.50 for failing to stop for a standing bus. He pleaded guilty of the camplaint filed in county court. Agents of the state liquor control board stopped off In Pampa again yesterday and made one arrest for violation of the liquor laws. Bertha Roberts, who operates under a beer and wine permit at 1503 Roberts-st., was charged in county court with possession of distilled liquor. The complaint was signed by C. S. Carter, state agent. New line beautiful auto seat covers. Finest materials. Very reasonable price. Motor Inn, Adv. ST. LOUIS, April 15 (/P) —The National Retail Credit Association said today 12,926 retail stores in 40 cities reported increases in March, as compared with March, 1936, averaging 6.2 per cent in collections, 12.3 per cent in credit sales and 13.4 per cent in total sales. Thirty-four cities reported increases in collections, two reported no change and four had decreases, according to the monthly analysis. The greatest increase was 32.5 pel- cent at Pampa, Texas; the greatest decrease 5 per cent at Reading, Pa. DENIES SHE TICKLED ID PUKED DALLAS, April 15 W 3 )—Mrs. Norma Edwards denied in 95th district court today that she tickled and played with a lion she alleged attacked her when she entered the cage in a sports show at the Texas Centennial exposition last summer. The lion bit her. Mrs. Edwards is the wife of Seal G. Edwards, who is suing Billy Edwards, professional wrestler and operator of the concession, for $8,825 damages in connection with the alleged impairment of Mrs. Edwards' health. Principals in the case are not related. Mrs. Edwards said she had taken one sip of liquor before she entered the lion's cage. An attendant at the show, she testified, insisted she would need the effect of the liquor once she entered the cage. Her costume for the dance in the cage was a pair of red satin tights and a brassiere, she said. BITTEN BY MAD DOG McKINNSY, April 15 (£>)—•Five persons here are taking anti-rabies serum after a dog which bit them was found to harbor the disease. They are Mr. and Mrs. Sam Lonsford and daughter, Virginia; Jimmie and Franklin Wells, young sons of Mi-, and Mrs. J. H. Wells. U. S. TEMPERATURE READINGS (At Pampa) Sunset Wed ----- 72 li n. m. Today.,. 60 7 u. m. _________ 65 8 ii. m. _________ 62 0 u. m __________ 71 Lowest temperature lust night \vaa 53 10 a. m 11 a. m. 12 Nuon 1 l). m 2 p. m A new 750-gallon-a-minute pump has been installed in city water well No. 3 and treating of the pay sand is now under way. City Manager C. L. Stine announced this morning. When completed, the three wells will have a pumping capacity of approximately 3,000,000 gallons per day. Even with one well down, the other two would be able to furnish Pampn with water, Mr. Stine said. " Residents of the city near the water wells have been listening- to the reports of riveting machines for nearly a week. City officials assure them that riveting on the new 88,000 barrel storage tank will be completed this week. COL. AIRES' CLEVELAND, April 15 W)—There isn't any business boom, Col. Leonard P. Ayres said today. Instead "we have not as yet definitely emerged from the depression," the Cleveland statistician and economist observed, charting general business ns "15 per cent or more below normal." "A good deal of bad economics is being talked these days about emergency measures to prevent a business boom, extended controls to restrain bank credit expansion and increased federal powers to restrain commodity advances," he said. "These discussions constitute a kind of locking of the stable door before the family horse has even been acquired. "The present discussions are baneful because they divert our attention and our effort away from the three economic problems which really are of pressing urgency. These are the reduction of unemployment, the balancing of the federal budget, and the restoration of harmony in labor relations." McCARRAN CALLED KEY MAN ON SENATE COMMITTEE WASHINGTON, April 15 Scnalor McCarran (D., Ner.) Introduced in Ihe Senate today a substitute for the Roosevelt court bill. It would provide for an unconditional increase of two members in the size of the Supreme Court. The Nevada Senator has long been regarded as one of the "key" members of the Senate judiciary committee because he has remained noncommittal on the President's proposal to enlarge the court by six members if those now over 70 years, do not retire. In offering his substitute, in the form of an amendment to the Roose- ; velt bill. McCarran refused to say whether he would support the measure if his amendment were rejected. He did tell reporters, however, that . he did not favor any "forced retire-' ment" from the court. "The mental faculties of many r judges are keen and acute at 75 and, 80," McCarran added. "I don't favor any constitutional amendment .at this time." ' t The Nevadan's proposal was comparatively close to what has long jeen regarded as the most likely, compromise of the President's bill— an increase of two instead of six. . But the amendment would go fur-' ther and eliminate the age and retirement provisions of the Roosevelt. bill under which the increase in tbfl... . :ourt would be conditional .'Upoii failure of justices over 70 years of age to retire. McCarran said he "hoped" the administration would be sympathetic to his proposal, but aclministrationj spokesmen made it clear that the''-;, / President was campaigning for his / own bill with as much determina- • tiou as before the Wagner act decisions. ^ • • •• ' BILL PERMITTING OIL Woman Helps Zack Miller In Fight To Keep Ranch OKLAHOMA CITY, April 15 (/P)— A woman attorney and a Supreme Court decision gave new hope today to Col. Zack T. Miller in his fight to regain the famous 101 Ranch—once a cattle domain of 101,000 acres near Ponca City. Through Margaret McVean, Oklahoma City attorney, the ousted monarch of the ranch's "White House," filed a petition in federal court, seeking reinstatement of a voluntary bankruptcy suit he brought in January, 1935. liie Supreme Court recently held the revised Frazier-Lemke bankruptcy act was constitutional and orderr ed reinstatement ol all suits dismiss- ed under the original, invalidated act. "Everybody seems to think Colonel Miller is licked," said Miss McVean. "Well, he isn't licked. I think he's on his feet now and can get the entire ranch refinanced." Miller's long time friend, Sid White, cowboy attorney, who carried the plainsman's lengthy battle for the ranch up to now commented: "There sure isn't anything the matter between Zack and me. I'd do anything I could for him. But we're out of money, and I told him the other day we should stop living among the dead. I've been trying to get him a job where he can make a living." AUSTIN, April 15 (/P)—A bill re-. mitting movement of all oil and products in storage in the various Texas fields prior to March 1 was introduced today by Rep. W. E. Pope of Corpus Christ!. That in storage before May 1,1935, :ould be transported on payment of a fee of 10 cents a barrel. The state's harge for movement of that placed, in storage after May 1, 1935, would vary according to the gravity of the oil or the character of the products. Fees would be as follows: Oil of less than 37 gravity, 28 cents per barrel; 37 to 40, 30 cents; above 40 gravity, 31 cents; reduced crude, 22 cents; fuel oil, 19 cents; refined products, 37 cents. The charge would be in addition to the production; tax. ; The bill's emergency clause stated that "a large amount of oil and products is in storage in the various fields on which the railroad commission has refused to grant ten-; ders and said oil and products are! rapidly evaporating and depreciating in gravity, resulting in undue waste, and the Texas conservation laws con-' template movement of oil and pro-; ducts into commerce without undue waste." Pope experienced no trouble obtaining the four fifths consent required for introducing a bill in the last, half of the session. : Blue Bonnets Are Brought to Pampa Blue Bonnets, state flower of Texas, were found in profusion in a number of Pampa offices today. Delegates, who have been in Austin for the past several days at a hearing before the state legislature, brought them back. A huge bouquet of the blue bonnets adorned the main counter in the sheriff's office today, brought back from the southland by Sheriff Earl Talley. The blue flowers are growing in abundance in the fields around I Saw • ft The best egg story of the year out at Mrs. Jim King's house at 5?7 North Davis. It is a coal-black egg with a few wispy white streaks, 99 it. Mrs. King ha.s white leghpyn^j, yellow hens and ducks. Now, ducks lay a sort of greenish egg, but this egg was black as a crow. She would not state whether she believejj hen or a duck, or what, laid the, •Foozy" Green, champion de er of Junior high school, win. table tennis (Ping-Pong't yesterday

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