Pampa Daily News from Pampa, Texas on June 22, 1936 · Page 1
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CEMETERY SEXTON KIDNAPED BY PAIR BELIEVED TO BE PRISON FUGITIVES ®- AUTdMOBILE IS SEIZED AS TEXAS POSSE APPROACHES COLUMBUS, June 22, tfp)_Two men, believed to be convicts who escaped from the Retrieve prison farm Friday after killing a guard, kidnaped J. W. Cassagne, 60-year old Columbus man, this morning and fled north with him as a hostage. The men were believed to be Luke Trammel!, West Texas desperado serving 162 years for a variety of crimes Including robbery and murder, and Forrest Gibson, serv-. .ing 10 years for theft. The convicts were flushed tills morning near Rock Island, 14 miles soutli of Columbus by a posse headed by a. M. Arnold, assistant manager of Retrieve form, and Sheriff E. J. Koehl of Wharton county. When the posse got within a few miles of Columbus they were met by'a group of negros who said that Cassagne had been kidnaped at the Columbus cemetery where he was employed ns a sexton and taken with the men In his (Cassagne's) automobile. The men sped away to the north and next were reported at Brenham, where they stopped for gasoline and to have a tire repaired. While the car was stopped in the filling station, Cassagne, who is one armed, had an opportunity to whisper to the filling station operator that he was being kidnaped. The operator made a dash inside for his car, reports to the sheriff's office at Columbus said. The men drew their guns, forced Cassagne to get back in the car and drove away to the north. Thirty minutes later a filling stationoperator at Gay Hill, northwest of Brenham, said that a car answering the description of Cassagne's machine, andi containing three men, drove up to his place. "They ordered a tank of gasoline and drove off without paying," he told officers. About half an hour later a rural mail carrier iO miles west of Somerville said he saw a car answering the description of that driven by the men. -The car was traveling northwest, he said. TITS TflPJBS BY TEX DE WEESE TOPICS had a pheasant visit Saturday evening with Editor W. W. Simmons of The White Deer Review. Among other things was his reassurance that the hot spell -we have had is out of the ordinary. By way of backing up the statement he related a story of how he suffered from the cold on the last day of June in 1923 when the themometsr In this area dropped from 100 above at noon to 44. at 3 a. m. *. * * The nights of the last week, he said, have been hotter than at any time he can recall for many years. * * * Prom the PI column of the LeFor News: It seems that because so many beauty shops are being operated in the rear of barbershops, that the talk of fellows'is turning more every day toward the finer things of life, such as baseball, golf and politics. * * * .The Panhandler of The Panhandle Herald writes of his trip lo Florida and has a thing or two to say about the modes of the day around Miami: Practically all the men wear .shorts and the women wear just as little as .the law will permit. But there are so many persons swimming—thousands ' of them—that a bathing beauty goes unnoticed. My suggestion is for a bathing beauty never la go to Miami, but go to one of the pools in the Panhandle where she will not have so much competition, * * * Here's sound backing for the repeated slogan "It. Pays To Advertise: '»A Missouri girl advertised for a husband and secured one at a total cost, of $11.00 for the advertisement and license. Six months later the husband died, leaving her $10,000 life'insurance, and still some peo- ' pie say that 'advertising does not pay',"—McLean News. * * * Says Ed Aches in The Dalhart Texan: One of the few things the Texas See COMJMN, Page 8 I Heard .. Serving Pampa and Northeastern Panhandle THE NEW PAMPA Fastest Growing City in Texas—Panhandle Oil And Wheat Center anura TUNE IN KPDN (1310 tc.'8) Voice of Pampa Daily NEWS at "Top o' Texas" (VOL. 30. NO. 67) (Full (AP) Leased Wire) PAMPA, GRAY COUNTY, TEXAS, MONDAY EVENING, JUNE 22, 1936. 8 PAGES TODAY (PRICE FIVE CENTS) BURGLARS TAKE $650 AT PENNEY STORE George W. Briggs, back from the "hills"' pf New Mexico, telling about "Little Pampa," now being constructed at Idle Wild near Eagle Nest lake. George has just finished his cabin. Other Pampans with land or cottages already erected include Mayor W. A. Bratton, Judge Ivy E. Duncan, B. W. Rose, Glen Poole, Pave Finklesteln and a host pf others. "Spy, was it cool up there," said George, ducking several articles thrown by sweltering Pani- JOHN F. TAYLOR IS RETURNED FOR 16TH TERM President and vice-presidents of the Plateau Singing Convention were re-elected lor another year at a business session during the annual meeting here yesterday. About 350 persons were present yesterday in tne high school gymnasium for the concluding day of the week-end convention. John F'. Taylor of Borger, who has served the association as president during its entire 16 years, was returned to the office. The Rev. J. K. Disch of Borger au:l Z. B. ivloon 01 La Mesa, N. M. were re-elected vice- presidents, and J. B Garrett ol Carlsbad, N. M., secretary. Miss Pat Holland of Canyon was named assistant secretary. Advisory board members for the year will be B. P. Abbott of Bovina, J. E. Brannen of LittlefieM, Miss Thelma Thalman of La Mesa, N. M., G. R. Stratton of Rosebud, N. M., Mrs. Maggie Stoops of Amorillo, and I. O. Durham of Nara Visa, N. M. Singing throughout the day, varied witn special numbers and tne ousiness session, made up the Sunday program. Many visitors from, other towns spread lunches in Central park at noon. The convention adopted the new song book of the Hartford Music company as official book for the coming year. E. M. Bartlett and W!. T. Utley of Hartford, Ark. represented the firm at the convention. ' ' Among the popular singing units yesterday were the Shelton trio of young boys, Glenn, Charley, and Harvey Shelton of Shawnee, Okla.; the Durham orchestra of Nara Vsia, N. M., comprising I. O. Durham, cornet, Mrs. Durham, piano, Miss Marcelle, violin, Miss Evelyn, saxophone, Roil, trombone, and Bonnie, .alto; the Whittenburg quartet, of which M. Rice is manager; the Gibson sisters of Pampa, the Marsh trio of Canyon, led by J. S. Marsh; and the Four-State quartet which includes E. M. Bartlett of Hartford, •Ark., G. R. Stratton of Rosebud, N. M., W. W. Groom of Goodwcll, Okla.; and J. S. Marsh of Canyon. Another Drunk Driving Case Is Being Tried Here District court interest today again centered on a defendant fighting the accusation that he drove an automobile while intoxicated. The trial of B. L. Wood, charged in an indictment with driving his truck May 15 while under the influence of intoxicating liquor, was nearing a close this afternoon. Jurors hearing testimony in the case are R. L. Calvert, Robert Cecil, R. T. Hodge, Troy West, P. O. Sanders, Fred C. Cullum, T. W. Jamison, Lloyd Mathis, John R. Back, Ray Stipp, R. B. Archer, and Don M. Conley, Flogged SHOULDER DISLOCATED IN BAD SPILL FROM HORSE A probe of the eastern Arkansas cotton workers' strike was ordered by President Roosevelt following reported flogging of Miss Willie Sue Blegden, 29, above, of Memphis, and the Rev. Claude C. Williams, Little llock, by six men near Earie, Ark. The couple said they had gone there to conduct burial of a share-cropper they heard was beaten to death and declared their assailants wen: planters opposing strikers' demands. Dr. M. C. Overtoil, captain of the Pampa polo team, was thrown from his horse during: a. game between tiie Pampa Rough Hitlers and El Rojo of Plalnvicw here yesterday and examination revealed a dislocated shoulder. He will be incapacitated for 10 days or two weeks. Five horses passed over Dr. Overton while he lay stunned on the ground yet none of them touched him. He was revived before he was carried to the sidelines. The captain named George Garrett to replace him at the No. 2 position. At the time of the accident. Overton was riding off a player who was following the ball. Another Plainview player came in from the other side, crushing the Pampan against his opponent. In the melee, Overtoil was unseated. El Rojo got away to an early start and successfully staved off a Rough Rider rally to win, 5 to 3, and even the two game series. The largest crowd of the season witnessed the twilight game which was fast and furious from whistle to whistle. Verne Bradley broke away in the opening chukker to score a pair of goals for El Rojo. The Rough Rid- sswere unable to get started in the first chukker but came back strong in the second period to hold El Rojo scoreless. Blackie Norus put Plainview..three up in the third chukker on a nice (See NO. 2, Page 3) West Texas: Fair tonight and Tuesday. James Is Accused of Murdering His Wife LOS ANGELES, June 22. Robert S. James, married five to seven times, according to his varying statements, faced in superior court today a charge of murdering his latest spouse. He is accused of having slain Mary Busch James at their La Cres-centa Bungalow last August 5, by exposing her bare legs to snake bites uivd then drowning her in a bath tub. She was found lying face downward in a fish pool and James sought to collect her life insurance on a double indemnity basis. District Attorney Huron Pitts announced he would call witnesses from Colorado to testify concerning the death of another wife, Winona Wallace James, in a tourist camp at Manitou, Colo., in 1932. She also was declared to have See NO. 1, Page 8 • 225 EMPLOYES ENJOY Shamrock Oil and Gas employes and their families from Gray and Moore counties attended a picnic northeast of LeFors Saturday afternoon. Two hundred and twenty-five persons, enjoyed barbecue and all the trimmings following first aid contests and a playground ball game. First place in the First Aid contest went to the team from the Mel Davis Refinery in Gray county. H. B. Wade is superintendent. Members of the winning team were T. T. Graham, captain, E. F. Morgan, G. D. Rhodes, W. M. Walker, and H. H. Herren. Each member of the team received a gold medal. The second place ended in a tie between the Clayton Gasoline plant, H. U. Cook, superintendent, and the Production department, R. L. Bqhner, superintendent. H. U. Cook won the flip and.the medals for his second-place team. Meirjbers of the Clayton team were Fipyd phJUips, captain, Jphn E. Howell, Kenny M. Howell, Giles K. Howell and George Williams. Members of the production team were J. G. Shipley, captain, Houston Hall, R.'M. Thacker, F. A. Williams and Ben C. Clark. Judges were Stoddart Smith of Dallas, representative of Associated Insurance company; Don M. Conley, Cabot Co.; Mike Harlow, Phillips Petroleum company; R. E. Paxson, Empire Oil and Gas company; H. E. Dunbar, Danciger Refineries; Jack Whitten, Hinderliter Tool Co.; W. J. Gilbert, Texas company. The judges announced that two points separated the winning teams. \ Gray county's playground ball team won a 5 to 2 battle from the Moore county aggregation. Melear was on the mound for the winners with Morgan behind the bat. The two helped win the game with home runs. Chief Youngblood, former big league pitcher, went the distance tpr Moore county with Wats.on behind, the plate. . Christopher Is Named Fireman The Pampa fire department was brought to full strength again this morning with the appointment of George Christopher. For several mouths the department has been functioning with only the chief and two paid men. Mr. 'Christopher has been a resident of Pampa for six years. He has been on the volunteer list for three years. During that time he has relieved the paid men during vacation and illness and is familiar with all workings of the department. Chief Ben White now has on the department Tom Eckerd, C. A. "Slick" .McMurry, George Christopher and 15 volunteer firemen. Mr. Chirstopher has been an electrician for several years and his training in that work will be an asset to the department. PROFESSOR SLAIN VIENNA, June 22. (ff)— Prof. Mirtiz Schlick, 54, a distinguished faculty member of Vienna university, was shot and killed as he entered a classroom today. Police said the slayer was a mentally deranged graduate of Professor Schlick's course in philosophy. -® Bearing Home Bruin Slain in Mid-Lake Battle *«S8, *-!«WW-^, . -.•**" IN REST OF BIG STORE JOB DONE BY PERSONS WHO LOOTED STORE 2 YEARS AGO Maybe the bear only wanted a boat ride, but Kenneth Keeicy, 15, took no chances when bruin tried to clumber aboard while lie was rowing with his sister Jean on Dudley Bay, Lake Muskoka, Ontario, Canada. Beating the animal unconscious with an iron bar, he held it under water until drowned, then pulled it aboard with Jean's aid. Here'.? their proof it's no bear story. Thermometer Here Climbs To 105 Degrees At 12:30 GOVERNMENT IS People You Know (BY A. F.) Hard-riding polo players are sometimes hardboiled, and they cuss a lot—you can hear them from the sidelines Yesterday -before the match, the Pampa poloists found a nest of fledgling Meadow larks in a nest that was imbedded in the ground in the middle of the polo field. How they escaped death Saturday and in preceding practice amazed the horsemen. Horse hoofs prints were all around the nest, and there was scarcely an inch of the field that was not cut by. a horse hoof. Now enters our heroine: Mrs. Elsie Burrow who heard the players talking about the birds. She ran across the field, dug up the nest, marked the hole in the ground and when the game was over, placed the nest and birds back where they had been. The hole was then crushed flat by flying hooves. She hopes the birds will have flown away by the next polo game, else she will rescue the tiny songsters again. • Was it the Eternal's vigilant eye on the birds or was it that mathematical chance in a thousand that saved them? Efforts, to Postpone Trials Fail in Court Ruling WASHINGTON, June 22. (/P) — The government lost in the District of Columbia court of appeals today in its effort to delay trial of injunction suits brought by seven utility companies against the Wheeler-Rayburn holding company law. The court reversed a stay order entered in the case several months ago by Justice Jennings Bailey of the district supreme court. Justice Bailey granted the stay after Attorney General Cummings had argued that litigation brought by the government in New York against the Electric Bond and Share company would thoroughly test constitutionality of the holding company law. Cummings' plead that a "multiplicity" of suits brought by utility interests threatened to break down the machinery of the Department of Justice failed to win over the appellate court. Speaking for it, Associate Justice Josiah A. Van Ordsdel said issues raised in the cases here were not all Identical with those in the Bond and Share case. "The government of the JJnited States as a litigant has no greater rights than the humblest citizen," said his opinion. "While we recognize the difficulty which confronts the Department of Justice in conducting the vast amount of litigation in whirh the Various agencies of the government have become involved, as well as the duty of the courts to be indulgent where possible in the public interest, yet the rights of the citizens are not to be overlooked. ,"He is entitled to be heard in the courts in defense of his rights, if he honestly believes that they have been invaded to his damage, even by an agency of the government." That the rights of the plaintiffs in the cases here were suffering because of the stay was apparent, the court said, "since the very existence of the act, whether they register under it or not, must of necessity affect materially the conduct of their business during the pendency of these suits." The appellate court's decision was made in the special appeal from the litay order by the North American company, which controls local traction and electric facilities, and the Amerian Water Works and Electric company. Other concerns which attacked the ^Wlheeler-Rayburn law here and were affected by the stay order were the United Light and Power company, the United Light and Railways company, the Continental Gas and Electric corporation, the American Light and Traction company, and the Tennessee Electric Power company. They, however, did not appeal, relying on the test provided by the North American company and the American Water Works and Electric company. Pampa Is Cool Compared With Other Texas Cities BULLETIN Two lives were claimed by the terrific heat which scorched Texas today, threatening crops in some sections and spreading discomfort. Eugene Squyars, 42, of Waco, collapsed on a downtown Dallas street. L, C. Odum dropped dead at his home in Lufkin, Angelina county. Pampa and the Panhandle today went into the second wet 1 ]; of scorching heat with indications that a new season's record was in sight late this afternoon. The high mark for tne year, established last week, had been equalled in Pampa at 12:30 o'clock this afternoon when the Santa Fe thermometer climbed to 105 degrees with probabilities that it would go still higher as the hours passed. The high point in the city Sunday was 100 degrees at 5 p. m. It was 70 at 7 a. m. today and 101 at 11 a. m. From that point the mercury jumped four degrees in the next hour and a half. Shortly before 1 p. m. there was some sign of at least slight relief when the sun was dimmed somewhat by a hazy sky. One of the most popular spots in Pampa yesterday and today was the city swimming pool where many sought relief. , However, there were many sections of Texas reporting much higher temperatures than in Pampa. COLLUSIVE BID REPORT GIVEN U. S, ATTENTION (By The Associated Press) Mercuries soared over the state yesterday, bringing temperatures which were higher than the hot- See NO. 3, Page 8 Justice Department Is Studying Charges In Steel Case WASHINGTON, June 22. (/P) — The Justice Department was charged today with the task of taking "appropriate action" in the case of four steel corporations accused of collusive bidding by the Federal Trade commission. The companies are the United States Steel corporation, the Bethlehem Steel corporation, the Jones and Laughlin Steel corporation, and thfe Inland Steel company. President Roosevelt turned the commission report over to Attorney General Cummings, with a recommendation for "appropriate action." The report said the four companies "admitted" they quoted identical bids for the delivery prices of sheet piling on three projects because they acted pursuant to a resolution of the industry for the continuance of a system of prices fixed under the provisions of the former NRA steel code. The commission reported there was "reasonable ground to believe that the anti-trust laws have been violated." FIRST BALE RIO GRANDE CITY, June 22. (/P) —The first bale of cotton from this year's world crop was ginned today from cotton grown by Teofilo Garcia in southeastern Starr county. It was the fifth time in seven years that Starr county had produced the world's first bale. Garcia had grown the first bale twice before. Democratic Horde Ready To Battle Al Smith Insult' Chorus of Jeers for New Yorker Noisily Shouted PHILADELPHIA, June 22. (£>)— The Roosevelt convention majorities paraded noisily into this usually sedate metropolis today talking frolic—but ready to make a fight of it with Alfred E. Smith if he chooses. "He is a delegate, the floor is his if he wants it," said Chairman James A. Farley. Alfred J. Kennedy, an alternate from New York, had responded to Smith's demand for the unhorsing of Roosevelt with a proposal that the 1928 standard bearer go before the convention personally. Should he do so, hostility from his own delegation and those of many ®other states already was assured. Neither Farley nor any other new deal leader apparently expected him to come down from New York. The whole situation was thrown into the presidential campaign itself. Governor Alf M. Landon of Kansas, speaking at Topeka as the Republican nominee, said each citizen would have to decide for himself the "demarcation between fealty to party and country." In Massachusetts, Col. Frank Knox, the Republican vice presidential nominee, said Roosevelt's chances of reelection were damaged. But Norman Thomas, the Socialist presidential nominee in New York, said the Smith statement would win the new deal two votes for every one lost. Where the 1928 presidential nom- Burglars battered a hole In the waft of Rose building to gain entrance, through the rest room, to J. C. Penney Co. store here sonic time early Monday mornlnf and escaped with between $650 and $700 In cash. More than $1,800 worth of checks were discarded by the thieves, and found in the rest room by an em- ploye of the store this morning. Names on some of the checks were badly faded. Sheriff Earl Talley and Deputy Sheriff O. T. Lindsey, during the course of an investigation, expressed belief the robbery was the work of the same persons who two years ago entered the store in a similar manner and obtained about $75 in loot. The hole in the wall, only large enough for a small man to crawl through, was battered in almost- at the same place in which entrance was gained to the store hi the first robbery, according to the sheriff and Herbert F, Beatty, assistant manager of the store. A wrecking bar ana a pair of gloves used by one of the robbers, were the only available clues witff which authorities had to work. De-, puty Lindsey said there were ho finger prints found. . •;•: So far as could be ascertained today, nothing in the store had been disturbed outside of the cash box. A thorough check revealed ho merchandise missing. The burglary was timed with the* absence from the city of H. p. Keyes, store manager, who is vacationing in Atlantic City. Assistant Manager Herbert Beatty said he had wired Mr. Keyes advising him of the theft. The robbery was reported to thb sheriff's office shortly after 7 a. m. today when it was discovered as employes prepared to open for the day's business. Mr. Beatty said it was the belief that the store was entered sometime after last midnight. The Penney store is at 201 N. Cuyler st. N. A. Hiestand, Resident Here 10 Years, Dies Death this morning claimed INT. Albert Hiestand, 52, following an Illness of more than a year, the last six months in a local hospital wheiq he passed away at 10 o'clock. - ; Mr. Hiestand had been a'resident of Pampa for 10 years. He was pro* duction foreman for the Dlxoh Creek Oil company for many years. When the King Oil company took over the Dlxon Creek interests, Mi*. Hiestand remained with the nefcr owners until his illness forced him to take a leave of absence. Surviving Mr. Hiestand are his wife, four sisters, Mrs. John Whitter meyer, Findlay, Ohio, Mrs. John Brenner, Mrs. William Peterson and ' Mrs. Thomas Fox, all of Rowspn, Ohio, and two brothers, A. J. Hiestand and Pearl Hiestand, both of Rowson. ' The body is at the G. C. Malone Funeral home. Funeral arrangements have not been arranged, pending arrival of Mrs. Hiestand's mother from Penver, Colo., and her father from Gueydan, La. Services will be conducted here at a time to be set and the body will be sent tp his native state,'Ohio, for burial. Mrs. J. Btalllngs and daughter. Miss Lois, pf Slaton, and Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Kurt? and son, Eugene, of Borger, were week-end guests in the home of Mrs. H.-Pj Barnhart. ; See NO, 1, Page 8 I Saw ... Sam Gray, Road Runner pitcher, ruefully displaying a baseball shoe the mate of which he lost at Road Runner park. The missing shoe Is size 8V a and is for the right foofc "if the person who found it will let me know I'll bring him the one I have," he sa^d,. Friends of Rev, Gaston Foote pf Oklahoma City but formerly v gf Pampa, at the-Santa Fe d,enot Iftgt night to greet the jninistwr, -*""*• en route to JL|p3,Angeles to a tour to Japan, 'O^p>j Philippines,

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