Pampa Daily News from Pampa, Texas on February 7, 1935 · Page 1
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HAUPTMANN DEFENSE CLAIMS STATE FRAMED TESTIMONY ABOUT LADDER TESTIFIES DEFENDANT WAS IN SHOP ON KIDNAP NIGHT BY WILLIAM A. KINNEY. Copyright, IflSB, by The Associated Press. FLEMimjTON, N. J., Feb. 7 (JF) ^Walte* Manley, Bronx painter, te ilfled for the defense today that Bruno Richard Hanptmann was In ' a Bronx bakery at about 7 o'clock the night the Lindbergh baby was kidnaped. FLEMINGTON, N. J., Feb. 7 (/P) —Bruno Richard Hauptmann's defense tcdny pursued a hint of "framed" evidence with an expert who in listed, in the face of photographs and government reports, that litres Incriminating nail holes In the Lindbergh kidnap ladder were not in existence when he examined it. This witness was Dr. E. M. K'ud- son, a New York physician and amateur finger print man. He clung to his testimony the famed "rail 18"—a part of the kidnap ladder which the state charges came from Hauptmann's attic and fitted here —l^ad only one square nail hole when' he saw It on March 13, 1032, thirteen days after baby Charles A. Lindbergh Jr. was kidnaped and slain. The rail, In evidence, has four nail-holes which state experts and police said Jibed with nail holes In the Joists ,of Hauptmann's attic. N Reputation Not Good. The .defense aiso sought to weaken the identification of Hauptmann ,as a< man seen lurking near the Lindbergh home before the crime by calling William Whltehead to, say that the reputation of his relative, Millard -Whlted, for veracity was "not good." The tWo men do not spell their names the same way. Whited had testified for the state, placing Hauptmann near the crime scene. William Dielfl, • another resident of the Sourland Hills, followed. As to Whlted's reputation for veracity, he said: •• '. •' ! '"Taint any good." ; George E. Lenz also said "not good" as to Whlted's veracity. The' state, In cross-examination of the'three Sourland men, brought out that Whltehead had been in jail, that Lenz had trouble with Whlted over a lumber bill, and that Diehl had signed a statement to the effect that he had not discussed Whlted's '; 'j&jpiiljaktoji ;feu- ye'raclly. .VJJfehi exr •pia'lriett he : coulcV'riot read the statement he signed. • Mrs. Augusta Hile, mother-in-law of/Gerta Henkel who testified yesterday, said the dead Isador Fisch, who is accused by the defense as •the receiver of the ransom money, borrowed $4,350 from her and never paid It back. Plseh died in Germany. Karl Henkel, Gerta's husband, testified he had known Fisch since 1932; also that he had never felt there was anything improper between Hauptmann and his wife, Gerta. It hifid been testified Hauptmann frequently drank coffee with Mrs. • Henkel at her home in the mornings while his own wife was visiting Jn Germany. / 'Fisch was a former business partner of Hauptmann's and it was from him, Hauptmann claimed, that $14,600'.ransom money found in the Hauptmann garage came. Uhlig Testifies. Henry Uhllg, mutual friend of the two men, desqribed by himself as "Fisch's best friend," was on the stand just long enough to testify See HAUPTMANN, Page 8. Resolution To Probe A. 1 And T. Authorized WASHINGTON, Feb. 7 MV-A resolution authorizing . an investigation of the American Telephone 4s"Teiegraph company by the federal communications commission was approved today by the house inter. Eifate commerce committee. , The measure, by committee Chairman Raybum (D., Texas), would direct the commission to look into reasons -'for what was termed the . general. failure to reduce telephone 'rates and charges during the years ' of declining prices, . ' It also would ^investigate the effect of monopolistic control upon the reasonableness of telephone rates and charges, upon methods of competition with independent tele- ' phone companies and upon the character of service given. Wliile the resolution mentioned tfie A- T. & T. specifically, it would permit Investigation of all other companies engaged In telephone communication in interstate commerce, Including all companies related to any of them through holding concerns. 1 The resolu.tiop was drafted) with a vjew to obtaining information to "aid in providing more effective rate regulation." Similar legislation is . before the senate. " f Heard • • Pawls Qden pondering if his new spn would be a' president of tbje United States pr a radio announcer. •Ion Theodore Qden, third son of Mr. and Mrs. O4en, was born on the president's birthday, just & few minutes fcefovR the president made 1>0 ftddr^Bg, H.e weighed 7 9 ounces, and was born at Serving Pampa and Northeastern Panhandle THE NEW PAMt»A Fastest Growing City in Texas—Panhandle Oil and Wheat Center autpa HOME NEWSPAPER Established APPI 6, 1907 Official Publication, City of Pampa VOL. 28. NO. 262 (Full (AP) Leased Wire) PAMPA, GRAY COUNTY, TEXAS THURSDAY EVENING, FEBRUARY 7, 1935. (Eight Pages Today) • PRICE FIVE CENTS RACE 'FIXING 9 'Red Shirts' Line Up To War On Church Enrolled to war on religion, capital, smoking) drinking, and all social evils, Mexico's "red shirts," the Revolutionary Youth Corps, is shown here in its impressive first official review in Mexico City. claiming to be the "mcldcrs of the future of 'Mexico," the red shirts have taken a militant attitude against Roman Catholicism and have clashed in bloody conflicts with church groups. Reverbera- tions reached the Uni'"'l States Senate with Senator William E. Borah's proposal for an investigation of the persecution of all faiths in Mexico. Youth Kills Employer And Takes Body Across Nation Confesses Crime At End of 2,000- Mile Trip SACRAMENTO, Calif., Feb. 7. (/P> —A transcontinental journey of death came to light here early today when Capt. Joseph Blake of the state highway patrol announced he had obtained a confession from Frank Frechette, 25, Kalamazoo, Mich., that he shot and killed Robert Brown, his employer, whose body was found in a motor car Frechette was driving. Captain Blake, head of the highway patrol station on the Nevada- California border, where Frechette was arrested last night, said the suspected killer confessed that he killed Brown on January 29, while in Kalamazoo. He said Frechette told him the body had been in a trunk on the motor car since that time,'while he drove cautiously westward. The police captain declared Frechette claimed he killed Brown because he discovered the man with "my girl." Frechette was quoted by the officer as saying he lived at 325 Old Ochard St., Kalamazoo, and that Uie m°tor car he was driving belonged to Brown, 25-year-old Kalamazoo trucking operator. The capture of Frechette came dramatically shortly before midnight, Captain Blake and two patrolmen acting on information relayed to them by Sacramento authorities. Early last night Detective Sergeant Ralph Towers of Sacramento received a telegram from Sheriff Charles Struble of Kalamazoo, asking him to start a search for Frechette. The sheriff said lie suspected the man of killing Brown and stealing the victim's automobile. The sheriff related that a short time before Brown's father, Roy, had received a telegram signed "Robert" in which the sender asked that $50 be telegraphed to him in care of a Sacramento hotel. The eastern officer suspected that Frechette was using Brown's name. Towers quickly notified Captain Blake and a watch was set up at the border station, where routine LATE NP/5 AUSTIN, Feb. 7. (/P)—The senate passed without opposition today • a bill to issue $3,500,000 remaining of a $20,000,000 Texas relief bond issue. The bill now goes to the house, where a similar bill has been approved by a committee. See FRECHETTE, Page 8. WASHINGTON, Feb. 7 (ff>) — A tentative price range of §75 to 578 lor a 10-yenr bond maturing at S100 lias been sst by the treasury for its first issue of "baby bonds" on March 1. In making the announcement. Undersecretary Coir lidgc said that a price of $75 would yield $2.90 per cent interest on a 10-year maturity while the higher price would net a return of Z'/j per cent. AUSTIN, Feb. 7 (/P) — Governor James V. Allred disclosed today he rejected the day he became governor ail offer of Raymond Hamilton, fugitive Texas death cell convict, to surrender in return for a commutation. "I am not bargaining with anybody like,Raymond Hamilton," the governor explained API Committees To Mert Tonight Committees recently appointed by the chairman of the Panhandle chapter of the American Petrolefim Institute to handle the program for the Mid-Continent meeting in Amarillo in April have been asked to meet with Mr. Rlson in the Herring hotel at 7 o'clock tonight. Hundreds of oilmen from the mid-continent field will attend the meeting. It was found necessary to hold it in Amarillo because of lack of accommodation facilities in Pampa. Sam Fenberg and two children will leave tomorrow for Mineral Wells where they 'will join Mi's. Fenberg who is taking treatments following a serious attack pf influenza'. Babe Is Scalded To Death In Tub Shock and burns received when he fell in a tub of scalding water yesterday morning proved fatal to Charles Francis Free, 4, son of Mr. and Mrs. C. F. Free late yesterday afternoon in, a local hospital. The family resides at the Car-Gray Gasoline plant 11 miles west of Pampa in Carson county. The child is survived by its parents, one brother, Richard pe«n, and his grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. H.. H. free of Hg^envJU.e, o#ia,., $n.d Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Patterson ''of Boynton, Okla. Funeral services will be conducted at 2 o'clock tomorrow afternoon in the chapel of the G. 0. Malone Funeral homo with the Rey. Herman Coe, pastor of the First Baptist church, White Deer, officiating. Purial will follow in Fairylew cemetery. Pallbearers will be S. H. .Crenole- ton, li. H, Cole, B. 0. Wtison and M. p. Shaffer. iS Shows Increase Of Nearly $1,000. Over 1934 January business at the local post- office exceeded all past "first months" in the history of the office. Other departments also showed substantial gains over past Januarys. The office is handicapped in its efficiency bfeciiuso of illness. Nine of the 'clerks have been home with influenza and only two of them have returned. •Postal receipts for January 1 the last'four years follow: January 1932 $4,297.20 January 1933 4,471.59 January 1934 5,712.50 January 1935 6,401.40 President Will Address Scouts Tomorrow Night The President of the United States, one of the most enthusiastic Scouters in the nation, will address Boy Scouts of America in a radio talk tomorrow night. The address will be over a nationwide hook-up of the National and Columbia circuits. The broadcast will be at 7:45 o'clock Pampa time instead of at 9:45 o'clock as announced in bulletins mailed to scoutmasters and scouters. Following the president's address of 15 minutes, national leaders will speak for the remaining 15 minutes of the program. Every Boy Scout and every scouter in this section is urged to be at a radio for the big program. The twenty-fifth anniversary of the Boy Scouts of America begins tomorrow and will last for a week. Troops in every city and community in the nation will present special programs. Churches will have Scout Sunday this week. ELLIS SENTENCED SEYMOUR, Feb. 7. (/P)— H. W. Ellis, filling station- operator, today was under a five-year sentence to prison for the knife slaying of H. A. Nicholson, Seymour druggist, near here Jan. 7. i WEST TEXAS: Partly cloudy, wanner Jn north and central portions tonight; Friday, partly cloudy. Garza County's Sheriff Slays Federal Agent Post Officer Claims That He Killed Narcotics Agent In Self-Defense. FORT WORTH, Feb. 7. '(/!')— Spencer Stafford, federal narcotic agent reported killed at Post to- iby, hid been stationed here for nuvrr. than two >•<••>rs. His home formerly was in New York City. He left for West Texas early this wti'h with XI. S. Narcotic Agrnt McCullough of Dallas, supposedly f-i a narcotic investigation. He has a wife here. POST. Pel). 7 (/!')—Spencer Stafford, a federal narcotics agent, of Pert Worth was shot and killed hrrc late this morning by Sheriff W. F. Cato of Garza county. Sheriff Cato soon afterward said ho had fired in self-defense, County Attorney H. G. Smith) said. The shooting occurred about 11:30 o'clock in front of Dr. L. W. Kitchen's veterinary hospital two blocks south of Main street. Stafford and V. C. McCullough of Dallas, agents of the narcotics division of the treasury department, were in Post as investigators. What precipitated the shooting was not determined immediately. Asked for a statement early this afternoon, Sheriff Cato said: "You'll have to see my attorney." The sheriff had been informed tHat two men wearing guns were in Post. He deputized Tom Morgan, a farmer, and the two went to the veterinary hospital in Cato's automobile;-the radiator front of which 'Wfe yft'sTierlff'S'emblem. ' ' ••••'•'~..^ Stafford, who evidently died instantly, suffered five wounds. He evidently was struck by only four bullets, from a pistol. No fathers were wounded. Whether Stafford had drawn ills gun was not determined immediately. An unidentified woman was reported to have been accompanied by the two narcotics agents. Whether shle was a figure in a large-scale drug traffic investigation that was under way undercover in this region was not determined. After arriving at the veterinary hospital with his civilian deputy, Sheriff Cato went to the agents' automobile, parked nearby, suposed- ly to search it. An inquest will be conducted this afternoon. Stafford was shot through the heart, twice in the chest, and once in the abdomen. His right hand and forearm were wounded, likely by one of the pellets that penetrated the chest. It hit glancingly and followed the ribs, and emerged from the back. Boy of 6 Drinks Whiskey And Dies TEXARKANA, Ark., Feb. 7 The death of Charles Edward Ballard, six, who died from the effects of a cup of whisky handed hjtm by a man so that he might "get drank and act funny," will be probed by a grand jury next week. District Attorney Elmer J. Lincoln said a thorough investigation of the child's death would be made. Officers hunted the man said , to have given the child the whisky at a party last Friday. He is charged with the boy's death. Authorities said the child innocently drank the whisky at a party attended by several grown persons. He was seized with convulsions and died within 48. hours. "The whisky made the boy's heart go crazy," said Dr. S. A. McCuistion of New Boston, Texas. , ^ Rural Teachers Meet Saturday All rural school teachers in Gray county have been notified to meet in the county courtroom here at 9:30 o'clock Saturday morning. Supt v R. B. Fisher of the'Pampa schools, and Pr(n. R. A. Selby of Pampa Junior high, will address the teachers on curriculum work. Supt. Fisher Is chairman of curriculum work in the county. Mrs. V. E. Fatheree of the Arjip Art club will explain the activities of that organization and the program for this year, in which rural students may take a part. Mrs. E. A. Hampton of the Woodrow Wilson school will demonstrate a project. Rural school problems, the interscholastic league meet and other matters will be studied following (he addresses aind program!.' W- B- Weatjierred, county superintendent, win preside. r «*-,—. Mrs. Joe Puby of i*Fors was a , shopper [it [TINE SILL COMMITTEE VOTES TO BAR HORSE RACING IN TEXAS AUSTIN, Feb. 7 (/I 1 )—Legalized betting on horse races in Texas, less than two years; old, would be repealed under a bill reported favorably night by the house criminal jurisprudence committee. A well organized and militant majority blocked all efforts to delay a vote en the bill and it was sent to the floor by an overwhelming vote of 15 to G. It marked the first victory in the drive that was started immediately after passage of the wagering law by the last legislature. A crowd or more than 200 persons, proponents and opponents of repeal from all parts of the state sat through a surcharged hearing as the repealists rode rough shod; over a dogged minority. Advocates of repeal asserted race track wagering had, proyed one of the .ntoat demoralizing- influences .in- the 'state's history, that-it was 'endangering legitimate business, Increasing lawlessness, causing persons to use their money to gnmbie instead of paying their obligations and was causing untold misery anil suffering. Defenders of legalized wagering emphatically denied claims of repeal proponents as to effect of race track betting and asserted it had proven of Inestimable Benefit to business, to the state and to agriculture by accelerating the flow of currency and stimulating, business in general by bringing thousands of dollars to Texas to invest in racing plants and to attend meets. They also emphasized a contention that the state had pledged its faith to investors in race track equipment and that repeal would violate a sacred contract. Voting in favor of repeal were: Reps. W. H. Adkins of Brady, John Atchison of Gainesville, Grover Burton of McKinney, C. D. Bourne Jr. of Clarksville, Wallace R. Broy- Fish Story Sec HOUSE, Page 8. Famous Painter Of Lincoln Dies FRYEBURG, Me., Feb. 7 tfP)— Stephen A. Douglas Volk, 79, noted American portrait painter, died at his home here early today. Famed for three portraits of Abraham Lincoln, Volk was working on a fourth until his health grew feeble recently. The unidentified portrait would have portrrayed an early scene in Volk's life, when his father, Leonard Volk, made a bust of the great emancipator. Lincoln posed with Douglas, then four years old, sitting on his lap. Volk also wa's noted for portraits of King Albert of Belgium, David Lloyd George, war-time premier of Great Britain, and General John J. Pershing. The late King Albert decorated the artist with the cross of Order of Leopold II. A summer resident .of Maine 40 years, Volk in recent years spent the winters here, too. i RANGERS INVESTIGATE USE OF NARCOTICS I AT RACE TRACKS The largest striped bass ever caughl"'in Pacific Coast waters f'Ucuiiinlicd to the lure of Bill Childs during- the start of the annual spring run in San Francisco I5ay waters. cn!y recently. Transported to Pacific waters, this native of the Atlantic has thrived and provided anglers with plenty of sport. Childs is shown above with his 3(! r i-pour.('. prize, which, caught on light tackle, towed his boat four hours before being landed. RAIN FORECAST FOG ISGENERAL Moisture Extends In All Directions At San Angelo (t)y The AasoriaU'il 1'renn.) Moisture needed to sustain' the growth of winter crops was provided to some extent by slow rainfall over a large part of Texas last night. Some points reported only drizzling rain and a few were limited to misty precipitation but much of the state had beneficial quantities of rain. FOrt Worth had .69 of an inch and it still was drizzling there. Dallas had .60. with continued showers. A slow rain was augmenting the .42 received at Corsicana. It was drizzling at Palestine'. Longview likewise bfad a drizzle and Tyler reported a slow downpour which started before daylight. Rain at Vernon totaled .77 of an inch. Paris had.light rains yesterday and clouds overcast the sky today in that section. San Angelo had .78 of an inch and it still was misting, with prospects of more moisture. Rain exteneded in all directions from San Angelo. At Abilene the precipitation amounted to 1.15 inches. Skies were overcast and occasional show- ers'added more today. See BAIN, Page 8. Senators Change Work-Relief Bill .WASHINGTON, Feb. 7 (/Pf- j The senate appropriations committee today rurther amended, the administration $4,880,000,000 worfc- rlief bill by requiring labor on all pUblih projects to be paid "not lest) than the prevailing wage" of private industry in the locality, The amendment, offered by Senator McCarran (b., Nev.) and approved 12 to 9, was In direct conflict with administration plans to' pay wages below those prevailing; in private JocJujsfvy to avoid draw-' ing Workers away from private em* ployment. Thia defeat was offset to part, liowever, by restpratton, of one pro- vision of the bill authorizing the president' to acquire property by purchase or the power of eminent domain and to "improve, develop, grant, sell, lease (with or without the privilege of pmlchasing) or otherwise .dispose of any such property or'interest therein." Chairman Glass (D., Vir.) explained this provision, restored at the request of Senator Norbeck (R., S. D.), was put back to permit the •purchase or condemnation of cer tain western lands. Senator Carey (R., Wyo.) said the language was needed to carry forward the vast tree shelter belt program from the Canadian to the Mexican border. AUSTIN, Feb. 7 (/P)—Governor James V. Allred revealed today he Iiad ordered a Sweeping investigation into operations at' Texas race tracks of a ring, prob- .".b'y national in scope, purported-, ly "fixing" races through use of dope and narcotics. The Inquiry, Governor Allred said, has been quietly under way for a few days. He expressed the belief that certain former state employes might be involved. The Investigation was started after eight trainers at Alamo Downs, San Antonio race course, were suspended for alleged improper practices. The governor said that as far as he knew only one Texas track was involved at the present time but he asserted the inquiry would be pursued into operations at all tracks; Allred Is Sure. "There is no doubt Irom the investigation made so far that doping of horses Is being done and that the gamblers are reaping a big profit from it," the governor said. "And I have the evidence to prove it." "Incidentally the investigation will disclose some skullduggery in the changing of reports on chemical tests made on the horses. The reports on the were changed from 'positive' to 'negative'." The investigation is being handled by the Texas rangers under AUred's personal supervision. Governor Allred said he would send a special messp«?e to the legislature today recommending repeal- of the law legalizing pari-mutuel wagering on horse races. A bill to repeal the bill was reported favor- .. ably last night by the house criminal jurisprudence committee. Asked if the investigation involved any state employes, Governor Allred replied: "There might be some former state employes involved. I hope none of those working for the state now will be implicated." The governor said the inquiry disclosed that information on "doped" horses had been wired to all parts Sec ALLRED, Page 8. Reeves And Drum, Pioneers, Die at Alanreed, Miami Two long-time Panhandle residents left the ever-thinning ranks of pioneers yesterday afternoon and this morning with the deathfe of Francis Marion Drum, 76, of Miami, and William "Uncle Billy" Reeves, 80, of Alanreed. , Mr. Drum was found dead In his bed this morning. He visited with friends downtown yesterday and complained of feeling unwell, but not ill. He moved to Miami In X919 and entered the produce business. Mr. Drum moved to Hutchinsott, county in 1898 and went to work ort the Turkey Track ranch. He came to the Panhandle in 1880. Mr. Drum was a charter member of the Hutchinson county Masonic lodge and at the time of his death; was a member of the Miami Masonic lodge. He was a member of the Baptist church. Funeral service will be conducted Saturday afternoon but the time had not been set this afternoon. Mr. Drum is survived by his wife, three daughters, and two sons. Gray county's second sheriff, "Uncle Billy" Beeves, died at Ws home in Alanreed yesterday afternoon. Funeral services were conducted this afternoon with many Pampa friends attending. Mr. Reeves come to thjis section in 1890. He was one of the "fathers" of Alanreed. He came to Qray county to work on a ranch. Mr. Reeves is survived by a daughter, 1 ' Mrs. Charles McMurtry, and' a son, Elmer. I Saw .,. Coach Morley Jennings of lor university, Waco, up here ing around for football players. . Mrs. Gaston. Foote looking white and brown Boston which has strayed a.way answers to the nanw ° f has white feet- w $ye>y time Jea.v«s (lie's

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