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HANGED FOR CRIME AFTER ROOSEVELT DEFENDS ACT OF CONGRESS Serving Pampa and Northeastern Panhandle THE NEW PAMf»A Fastest Growing City in Texas—JPahhandle Oil And Wheat Center TUNE IN KPDN (1310 k.C.'8) Voice of Pampa Daily NEWS at "Top q' Texas" (VOL. NO. 30. NO. 65) (Full (AP) Leased Wire) PAMPA, GRAY COUNTY, TEXAS, FRIDAY EVENING, JUNE 19, 1936 (16 PAGES TODAY) (PRICE FIVE CENTS) TO'S TDPJfiS BY TEX DE WEESE Siler Faulkner, Jr., now on a tour of England, sends a letter to his father here, breaking the news that he has just bought a right-hand drive English car In order to get from place to place, do more things and see more places. * * * The senior Faulkner relates that the letter says nothing about the vintage of the car, but explains that the method decided upon proves a much more economical way to see the country than to pay the cost of English rail and bus transportation—even though the car will be sold at a loss when Faulkner leaves England. * * * Which brings to mind that the way we get around this country of ours nowadays—although accepted as commonplace by most of us— it little short of astounding. * * * For instance, if you were In Los Angeles and wished to make a hurry-up business call in Berlin, you could be In the German capital within five days via plane to the East and the available Hindenburg crossing of the Atlantic. * * * Truly, we moderns live with a zip and a zoom, when you consider that pioneers of our country blazed the trails In covered wagons, cutting their way through In tedious journeys which took weeks and months to cover a comparatively few miles. * * * Modern means of transportation have dwarfed time. Our means of communication, too, bring nations and continents into neighborly conference. * * * There Is the radio. A child of the modern generation flips a dial and hears music or entertainment from places thousands of miles away. The child thinks nothing of it. .'•- - • •*• *••*- • •-Likewise, we think nothing of our countless modern conveniences. To mention .only a scant few—telephone, automatic refrigerator, scores of automatic devices to lighten the tasks ol housewives, air-cooled homes, the airplane, automobile, gas, electricity, etc., etc., etc. * * * Around the corner are television and rocket ships which will make modern air-liners look like the -old stage-coach as far as getting places is concerned. * * * ' Television will not be ready for the public for several years to come, but provision is now being made for its growth. Sound radio and television, they say, will not be competitors. * * * Sound radio, as the popular conception goes, is used not only as a primary source of entertainment and education, but also as a background while reading, resting, or playing bridge. * * * Looking at television requires concentration.. Of course, everybody is Interested in what it's going to cost. While it is noit possible at present to determine precisely what the selling price of a televslion receiver will be, it most likely will cost less than the average motor car. * * * . So, the fact that the American people have found ways and means of financing the purchase of more than 20 million motor cars, indicates that there will be a wide market for television, * * * Yes, zipping and zooming we go on our way. Experimental work in television has reached a "promising stage," as witness the broadcasts which have been on the air tome time from laboratories in ' Philadelphia and Camdcji. * * * The experimenters in this channel have in min4 to lay the groundwork for future television developments, all pointing to the same goal —a single television system for the United States, with every receiver capable of receiving every broad' past reaching its locality. * * * Newspapermen in The Texas Press association have an opportunity for a $1QO » month income increase in July, The sum is being, offered for the best feature story of 300 to 2,000 words written and published by any association member about the Texas Rose Festival, bet. 2-6 at Tyler. * * * - Throats were being oiled up today ' for the 16th annual <Plateau Singing convention which Pampa has the honor of entertaining tomorrow and Sunday, * * * Hundred^ are expected to attend the two-day sonffest which fats under way at 10 a. m, tomorrow. Sessions will run moru- >ing, afternoon and evening on both 0»ys. W you Uke old-tune «infii)«, you'll n«4 want to miss Page 8 • : TO IN IN SONGS WITH 'SWING' TO BE LED BY SINGERS Those who have never attended an old-fashioned singing convention are especially Invited to visit the week-end sessions of the Pta- tcau Singing convention in the high school gymnasium tomorrow and Sunday, and to join in the lusty four-part singing that features such meetings. No matter how many special numbers, solos, and quartets, on the program, the most Important part of a singing convention is the assembly singing. Each song has a different leader. Being asked to lead a song is a compliment to the convention member or visitor, and some of the leaders will be representatives of other singing conventions or of music publishing houses. The songs will be of the old- fashioned gospel type, old-fashioned in style even though words and music are new.- The favorites will have two-part choruses in which sopranos and tenors hold the top notes while altos,and basses roll out the swinging refrains. Carrying out the popular Idea of an "all-day singing," there will be "dinner on the ground" at noon the two days. Arrangements.have been made for the use of Cneral park, only two blocks north of the gym, as a place to spread basket lunches. Hundreds of singers from the Texas Panhandle and nearby counties in New Mexico and Oklahoma are expected for the convention. John P. Taylor, president since the organization was formed in 1920, will, be in charge. Opening songs are to be led by W. H. Blakney of Alanreed, Gray county chairman in the Pleateau convention, and C. E. Ward, president of the Gray County Singing convention, at 10 a. m. tomorrow. Morning, afternoon, and. .evening sessions are scheduled for the two days. WPAStaff and Harry Hopkins Will Broadcast There will bo a nation-wide staff meeting of the Works Progress administration over the National Broadcasting company network from 3 to 3:30 o'clock tomorrow afternoon. Every WPA official and worker in this section should hear the program, which will be featured by an address by Harry L. Hopkins, administrator. County Judge C. E. Gary und the commissioners court have lent the county courtroom for the local gathering place. Tarpley Music company will install a large radio over which the program will be received. Texas radio stations broadcasting the pi'ogram will be KGNC, Amarillo; WPAA, Dallas; WOAI, San Antonio; KPRC, Houston. • ! The meeting will be of interest to citizens as well as WPA workers. W. L. Heskew, assistant field supervisor, and project supervisors urge all workers to attend the meeting in the county courtroom, Special invitations have been extended county and city officials, school officials and political leaders. Other prominent speakers on the program will be Governor Earle of Pennsylvania, Mayor Bossi of San Francisco, and Aubrey Williams, director of the National Youth administration. Price of Cotton Soars to 12 Cents NEW YORK, June 19 (AP)— Twelve-cent cotton appeared In the market today for the first time since November as trade circles heard rumors that the government's producers' pool had completed Its liquidation. A week ago it was announced that the government still held 244,000 bales of July for delivery in the local market. This cotton has been coming out steadily and rapidly during the past week with an urgent demand for trade shorts. During the process the July price advanced over $1.50 a, bale, selling this morning at 12.04 cents a pound compared with 11.70 cents on Friday of last week. f Heard Hundreds of Pampans mourning the passing of Dr. W. C. NEitcheU this morning. This corner today is dedicated to Dr. Mitchell who was a real friend. He always had a cheery word wherever we met, Pampa ha^ ipsfc a citizen who can never b# replaced. . : . , Merchant Dies Pampans today mourned the death of Dr. W. C. Mitchell, above, prominent Pampa merchant and civic leader. ASTRONOMERS FIND NEW STAR OUTJN SPACE Nova Is Exploding at Rate of 500 Miles a Second WILLIAMS BAY, Wls., June 19. W)—The new star which blazed up suddenly in the sky last night is exploding at the rate of 500 miles a second, Dr; Otto Struve, director of Yerkes Observatory of the University of Chicago, reported today. The speed was determined by spectrum studies made by Dr. George Van Biesbroeck, of the observatory, when the nova was first observed in telescopes last night, Dr. Struve said. Light from the star'..showed ..that .hydrogen and helium gas was being thrown off by the faraway sun at that rate. The explosion, the observatory director explained, was what made the star visible to the naked eye. CAMBRIDGE, Mass., June 19. (JP) —Astronomers in many parts of the world reported the discovery today of a nova, or new star, which has flared into sudden brilliance far away in interstellar space. Astronomers at Harvard and other observatories made hurried computations of its motion and Harvard scientists said early studies indicated it was moving a thousand kilometers a second. The star appeared In the milky way, in the constellation of Cepheus To the naked eye, it seemed of medium brightness—about halfway between the faintest and brightest stars. Astronomers ranked it as ol the third magnitude. The first report to reach Dr. Harlow Shapley, director of the Harvard observatory, came from L. C. Peltier of Delphos, a garage employe and one of the world's most distinguished amateur astronomers. About the same time word of its discovery came from astronomers elsewhere, in Europe and America. Candidates Fees Must Be Paid by Saturday Midnight Warning was sounded today that all candidates in the coming election must pay their fees by midnighi Saturday to insure appearance of their names on the ballot. Instructions issued today from the office of Siler Faulkner, democratic county chairman, also informed candidates that expense accounts mus' be filed between June 25 and 30. Only Cloudburst Can Halt Fight NEW YORK, June 19 UP)— Despite heavily overcast skies, threatening further rain, Promoter Mike Jacobs declared this afternoon only a cloudburst would halt the IB-round heavyweight match slated tonight between Joe Louis and Max Schmeling, at the Yankee stadium. Jacobs planned to hold off any consideration of further postponement until tonight. At the same time the promoter said if the weather proved bad enough to .compel a second postr ponement the fight will be put over to next Monday night. Fight fans, as well ,as Jacobs, were encouraged by the weather man's forecast of .clearing skies later In the day. .' ^Vv There was a sJlgJxIHlurry in ticket sales early today but it didn't last. There was .little basis for expectation the crowd would exceed 60,000 pr the gates re-, ceipts $700,000. CONVICTS KILL GUARD UK IBB FLEE FIELDS GUARD IS KILLED WITH OWN PISTOL AT RETRIEVE RETRIEVE PRISON FARM, Brazoria County, June 19 (fP)— Three desperate convicts who killed Guard Felix Smith with his own pistols and escaped on a horse and two mules this morning remained at large in the dense underbrush of this swampy section of South Texas at noon. A posse and bloodhounds, under direction of Captain Rube Conner, were able to trail the desperadoes only a short distance. It was believed the convicts headed toward Houston. O RETRIEVE, PRISON FARM, June 19 (IP) —Three long-term convicts "jumped" Prison Guard Felix Smith on the state prison farm here today, killed him with his own pistol and fled into dense underbrush on Smith's horse and two mules. T. N. Atkinson, an habitual criminal sent up for life from Hidalgo county; Luke Trammell. serving 25 years for murder, robbery and other major offenses, and Forrest Gibson, serving 10 years for theft in Limestone county were the desperadoes who escaped. They attacked Smith just as a plowing squad was being taken to the fields for work. The guard was riding behind the convicts, who were mounted on mules. .,....Trammell,' Atkinson', and Gibson were riding near the guard. Without warning, they slipped from their mules and threw him from his saddle. Quickly disarming Smith, they shot him to death with his two pistols. One of them 'swung into Smith's saddle and, with the other fugitives, lashed the horse into the woods. Another guard, riding slightly ahead of the work squad, tried to aid Smith but arrived too late to save his life or halt the fleeing convicts. He gave the alarm and Capt. Rube Conner, in charge of the Bra- zorla county farm, organized a posse and took the trail of the escaped men with bloodhounds. Gibson made several previous escapes. He was among those who fled from Eastham farm a few years ago when a guard was killed. Jack Ellington, general manager of the prison system, hurried, to the farm to supervise the hunt. He said at times Gibson's work had been so good he had been made a trusty. Once Gibson was sent to the honor farm. "I don't know why they do It," Elllngson commented. "This escape business seems to strike them all of a sudden. They work all right for months and suddenly go crazy and make a break." Retrieve farm is used to confine prisoners who the prison system officials believe may be reclaimed for society. There is another farm, Eastham, which is used for men regarded as incorrlgibles. » ; Counties' Assets To Be Displayed Assets of six Panhandle counties—Gray, Wheeler, Carson, Hutchson, Moore and Potter—will be displayed in a pictorial exhibit at the Fort Worth Centennial. Plans, after a few changes, were approved at a meeting in Amarillo late yesterday afternoon. The exhibit, In the form of maps, photos and moving pictures depleting the oil and gas field and its various resources together with the agricultural and stock raising assets, is to be displayed in the West Texas Chamber of Commerce building at the centennial. A space six by eight feet will be located in the booth set aside for district 1, the Panhandle. The display is being prepared by the McCormick Company. Representatives present at yesterday's meeting were: Wheeler County: County Judge W. O. Pruetfc of Wheeler, Jake Tarter, county agent, and Clayton Heare of Sha'mrook. Moore: L. J. Daugherty of Dumas. .'•'... Gray—Garuett Reeves of Pampa, C. O. Greene and Witti Springer of McLean. Hutohinson—Mr. Stahl and K. L. Kone. Potter: Lawrence Hagy and T. E. Johnson. . 1 *V :— Mrs. Mary Aycock of Tahoka Is visiting in the hpme of Clyde Gray of the, Laketon NIGHT LIGHTS OVER TEXAS EXPOSITION One of tlic most impressive sights at the Texas Centennial Exposition in Dallas is the night scene down the Esplanade of State with searchlights from behind the 51,200,000 Hall of State and the lights along the 700-foot Re- flecting Basin bathing; the Halls of Varied Industries and Transportation. Dr. Mitchell, Prominent As Merchant In Pampa, Is Dead -©• HARVARD CREW AND FDR, JR. BEATEN AGAIN Third Time ; He- Has Rowed on Losing Team NEW LONDON, June 19 (/Pi- Yale and Harvard split the morning races of the 74th annual regatta between the two old universities on the Thames today. After Harvary freshmen had taken the opening race by a length and a half, Yale's junior varsity trounced the Crimson juniors by five lengths. Harvard's defeat in the junior varsity marked the third time in as many years that young Franklin D. Roosevelt, Jr., No. 6 in the Harvard shell, had rowed on a losing crew in Yale-Harvard regattas. In accordance with the usual custom, the losing oarsmen were foced to give up their shirts to the winners. The big race of the regatta, the four-mile grind for the varsities, will start at 4:30 P. M. C. S. T. Chauffeur's Badges Are Now Available Chauffeur's badges were available at the tax office in the county courthouse today to persons who present receipts showing they have paid fees for 1936 licenses. A shipment of 500 badges arrived yesterday, after a long delay because of confusion in the mail. DEFIANCE BELLOWED PARIS", June 19 (AP) —Bellows of defiance greeted a dissolution order against armed rightists leagues today as lawmakers completed action on Prance's labor reform program. Chieftains of four armed leagues refused to accept an official command to disband their organizations — the Croix de Peu (Fiery Cross), the league for French solidarity, the young patriots, and the Franclstes. People You Know (BY A. F.) Did you know Dr. Mitchell? If you did, you liked him. Say he was a good citizen; say he was a good father, and husband; say he was kind and generous; say he was an honest man, a loyal friend, (and all that is true) and still you will not have touched upon the thing that made his personality beloved in Pampa. There was something in his whimsical smile that won you. Dr. Mitchell liked people and you knew at once that he liked you. He knew thaty beauty dwelt in sound and color and in the faces of friends. He was a good friend, and let us salute Wftj for aH that he has meant; to us these ten short years. Transfusion Fails to Save Life of Pampan Dr. Wiliam Crawford Mitchell, one of Pampa's leading merchants, died in an Amarillo hospital at 3:35 o'clock this morning, one week after,he .had undergone an operation. A blood transfusion was- given yesterday afternoon, with Marshal Oden of Pampa the donor. Dr. Mitchell' was born in La Belle, Mo., 61 years and six months ago. He was graduated from Kansas City Western Dental college in 1907 and began his practice at Hlnton, Okla. Later he practiced dentistry at Elk City and El Reno. He man-led Pearl Redden at Cedar, Okla., in 1903. Ten years ago last March, Dr. and\ Mrs. Mitchell moved from Elk City, Okla., to Pampa, where they opened Mitchell's Ready-to- Wear store in the space now occupied by the Eagle Buffet.. Several years later they moved into the new store at Foster avenuo and Russell street. During his long residence in Pampa, Dr. Mitchell was always popular with his fellow merchants. He was prominent in civic affaii-s. His work with the Pampa Rotary club was outstanding. He was of the Baptist faith. Surviving Dr. Mitchell arc his widow, a daughter, Mrs. Ruth Ann Mitchell Holland, three sisters, Mrs. H. E. Pollack, Colorado Springs, Colo., Mrs. Ben Mayo. Grcely, Colo., Mrs. D. B. Kunkle, Kansas City, Mo., and a brother, Harry Mitchell, Galesburg, 111. Funeral services will be at 10 o'clock tomorrow morning in the First Baptist church. The Rev. C. E. Lancaster, pastor, will officiate. Burial will be in Fairview cemetery in charge of G. C. Malone Funeral home.. Active pallbearers will be Dan Gribbon, Fred Cullum, Howard Myers, J. M. Dodson, Steve Surratt, Dr. W. Purviance, Dan Williams and Marshal Oden. Honorary pallbearers will be B. S. Via, Joe Lutz, Frank. Keim, T. F. Smelling, Ben Reno, Mike Hollem, Floyd Hoffman, Dr. M. G. Overtoil, A. B. Zahn, Clem Davis, Alex Schneider, Ben Renshaw, Ed Bissett, Roger McConnell, A. N. Wiley, Jr., F. A. Riley, W. T. Fraser, R. G. Hughes, Tom Perkins, H. L. Polley Flowers will be in charge of Mrs. Floyd Hoffman. Meat Market Fire Is Extinguished A quick run by the fire department probably averted serious damage at the A, R. Akin Meat Market, 326 South Cuyler street, at 3:45 o'clock this morning. The fire was discovered by T. T. Butler, night watchman. When fire trucks arrived, smoke was pouring from the rear door. Two lines of hose were strung and water poured on the blaze, which was confined to the rear of the building. A. Holmes is owner of the property. Damage to property was not great. Little merchandise was in the building at the time.. WEATHER WEST TEXAS: Fair tonight and Saturday; not quite so warm In the Panhandle Saturday. RUNAWAY SHIP CAPTURED OFF GUIANA, CLAIM Little Boat Gives Up Figrht And Is Towed in GEORGETOWN, British Guiana, June 19 (/P)—The government S. S Pomeroon today captured a vessel believed to be the runaway British trawler, Girl Pat. The vessel taken had been hovering outside the three-mile limit for several days. Excitement ran high on shore, for officials said the mysterious boat's crew had threatened to fire on a police boat off Ihe Demerara river mouth. Police officials reported the craft answered descriptions of the Girl Pat whose crew ran away with her from Grlmsby, England, early in 1 April, presumably on a search for private treasure. The trawler's owner filed barrattry charges against the crew. The captured craft was without fuel, but her crew fought off the government ship's efforts to capture her for two and one-half hours, manuevering by sail. The Pomeroon circled about the trawler and rammed her once, sinking a tender on two astern and crushing one of the bulwarks on the trawler above the waterline. Finally the battered little boat, which authorities believed to have crossed the Atlantic and to have been at sea nearly three months, gave up the fight and allowed a towline to be run aboard. The crew was placed under arrest. NO WORD IS SAID OKLAHOMAN ON GALLOWS BY FRANCIS E. HARDEN, Associated Press Staff Writer. McALESTER, Okla., June 19 (/P) —Arthur Gooch, 27-year-old Oklahoma gunman, was hanged at day* break today for the kidnaping of two Paris, Texas,.officers—the tint man to die under the federal Lindbergh law. He did not utter a word on the gallows. President Roosevelt, who declined executive clemency, shattered Gooch's hopes of escaping the noose with a precedent-breaking statement that modification of the sentence would "render negatory a law carefully considered by the Congress and designed to meet a national need." A crowd' of about 350 persons, Including eight women, pressed forward as the trap was sprung by Rich Owen, veteran Oklahoma penitentiary executioner. Missing from the crowd was 20-year- old Marie Lepley, brunet waitress of Muskogee, who posed as Gooch's sister to visit him in death row, and who declared she would "go out with Arthur." The whereabouts of the girl, Gooch's "sweetheart" of four months, was riot learned Immedlr ately. Nothing- to Say. Gooch, who had been nervously garrulous up to the time he was taken from the death cell at the . state prison here, shook his head when U. S. Deputy Marshal George Hall of Muskogee asked: "Do you have anything to say, Arthur?" The gallows trap was sprung at 5:04 a. m. (GST) and 15 minutes later the prison physician, signalled with a wave of his hand that the abductor of Officers R. N. Baker and H. R. Marks was dead. Until Mr. Roosevelt's statement was read to him, the one-time bullying gangster, who made a practice of binding his holdup victims and leaving them to free themselves, clung to his hope for clemency. He called a newspaper man to his hot, stuffy death cell, even after he had donned the black, somber pocketless hanging suit and said: "Make sure the President hasn't changed his mind. I'd like to know right away if he does. I don't want to be kept in suspense a minute longer than necessary. This Isn't much fun." Promptly at 5 o'clock, handcuffs were snapped upon Gooch's wrists and he was led between two guards out of the west gate of the penitentiary to the scaffold. As Gooch walked down the road he smiled at the crowd. At the head of the short procession were Chairman L. M. Nichols of the state board of affairs, Deputy Warden Jess Dunn of McAlester prison, Paul Colvert, state board of affairs member, and the Rev. E. S. Priest, prison chaplin. Gooch grasped the hands of the chaplain, \ •. The group wended its way through the witnesses, many of whom were crowded on the road leading frond the gate to the gallows. Gooch, two guards, and the hangman ranged themselves atop the rough pine scaffold. Forces Smile. One guard stepped forward and briskly removed the handcuffs. Hall then stepped out to ask the bushy- NEWS WASHINGTON, June 19. (/P)— The senate today passed legislation intended to enlarge the American Merchant Marine through direct subsidy payments. WASHINGTON, June 19. (IP)— The District of Columbia commissioners filed a petition in court today asking that Rep. Marlon A. Zioncheck of Washington be interned in St. Elizabeth's hospital (an institution for mental and nervous cases). TO DEFEND SHORE MANILA, P. I., June 19 (AP)— A Philippine plan to defend "every foot of shore line" In the inhabited islands with men, torpedo boats and airplanes was submitted to the Commonwealth Assembly today by Major General Douglas MacArthur. General MacArthur, head of the American military commission charged with setting up a low cost, but air tight, scheme of defense, today was made field marshal of the Philippine army. He formerly was the United States army chief of staff. --— '• • E. C. Will, former Pampan, and W. F. Cereghino of The Shamrock OH and Gas corporation, Amarillo, were business visitors here nescjay afternoon. (See NO. 1, Page Z) Fort Worth Man Dies of Heart Attack in City H. N. Lassiter, 50, 'of Fort Wprthi, tank salesman for the Drane Tank Co., died of an acute heart attack early today In his room at a local hotel. Mr. Lassiter, who Is survived by his widow and one child In Fort Worth, checked in at the hotel last evening. He became 111 about 10:30 p. m. and a physician was summoned. When he did not appear this forenoon for a conference with C. j. Dennis,, local representative of the company, his death was dlsi covered.' The body was taken; tb the Malone funeral home, pending word from company officials 8n4 relatives. Tax Deadline to Fall o,n June 30 Deadline for second half tax payments In Gray county will fall June 30, according to F. E. Leech, county tax collector. Mr. Leech said today that Jf payments are equally as good as the first half collections, it is expected that slightly more than 96 per cent of the 1935 duplicate will be paid up by deadline time. I Saw • • • Two places whiph will receive-ft radio broadcast of the Louis-SchmeJ- ing fight tonight: the swimming pool and Road Runner park., Albert Ayer coming in yes afternoon, grip in hand, afte hiking to the Centennial at<

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