Sweetwater Reporter (Sweetwater, Tex.), Vol. 40, No. 325, Ed. 1 Monday, April 18, 1938


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In West Texas Sun
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Rain Varies From
Half to 3 Inches;
t Heavy Hail Storm
Snyder Experiences
Worst Hail In Years;
^ Wind Damage in City
This area Sunday experienced
from eight to ten hours of
almost ideal Easter weather,
then the elements broke loose
• to rake a wide strip of West
Texas territory with the most
varied assortment of Easter
weather in a number of years.
Catalogued in the weathjer
. chart late Sunday afternoon and
• early Sunday night were sand-
storms, high winds, heavy rain-
storms, and hail.
Rut the benefits received from
the unusual display of weather
g more than offset the damages
and today farmers over a wide
area were rejoicing in one of
the best spring seasons since
Sonic Wind Damage
ft The storm struck Sweetwater
about five o'clock Sunday after-
noon, borne in nn a high wind
which caused considerable dam-
age in the northwest part of the
• A two room house, belonging
to Mrs. A. B. Bearden, in the
northwest part of town, was
demolished. A three-room house
belonging to E. V. Glass and
q occupied by the J. L. Rice fam-
ily, at 901 I .em on avenue, was
blown from its foundations, the
flue was blown off and the
building otherwise damaged.
Other small buildings in the
9 same part of the city were
slightly damaged as a minia-
ture twister dipped down in a
restricted area in that part of
.55 Inch of Kuin
9 The storm was accompanied
by a hard rain, which measur-
ed .55 of an inch, according to
M. C. Manroe, volunteer gov-
ernment weather observer. A
~ brief hailstorm preceded the
™ rain, but no damage resulted.
Earlier in the afternoon Sunday,
considerable hail was reported
northwest of the city, where
small hailstones were reported
a to have piled up into six-inch
w drifts.
Sunday's precipitation brought
the year's total rainfall to 7.53
inches, a three-and-a-half months
record surpassed only by rain-
q fall in 1932, Sweetwater's wet-
est year since 1920.
Ituinfall Scattered
Rainfall in Nolan county
was scattered. N ear the
Fisher county line, north of
§ the city, an inch rain was re-
ported. At Roscoe only .01 of
an inch was recorded, while
northwest of Roscoe the rain
was heavier and estimated to
have amounted to a quarter to
• a half an inch. There was con-
siderable hail in that part of
the county, according to re-
ports. but not sufficient to dam-
age grain.
Blackwell reported one of the
9 best rains in weeks. Rainfall in
that part of the county varied
from a half to an inch and a
half. There was little hail in
the Blackwell territory.
South of Blackwell, near
• Bronte, more than three inch-
es of rainfall was reported.
Creeks were reported running
bankful. No hail damage was re-
ported in that area.
g, Tennyson, between Bronte
~ and San Angelo, received heavy
There was no wind reported in
that part of West Texas.
Hailstorm At Snyder
£ Between 5 and G o'clock Sun-
day afternoon one of the worst
hailstorms in recent years struck
Scurry county northwest of
Snyder. Dick Webb, former
Scurry county attorney who
9 now operates a farm four miles
northwest of Snyder, reported
that shortly after the storm
broke that six inches of hail
covered the ground at his
9 In Snyder proper, car tops
were damaged by the hailstones
and the roofs of several build-
ings were hammered so badly
that the heavy rain which fol-
- lowed ran in streams into many
• residences.
Rainfall was .46 of an
inch in Snyder, but was much
See WEATHER Pago 6
SWEETWATER — Cloudy to
p unsettled, somewhat warmer.
Maximum temperature yes-
terday 88 degrees. Low this
morning 55 degrees. Tempera-
ture at 2 p. m. today 80 degrees.
g WEST TEXAS — Partly clou-
dy tonight and Tuesday.
EAST TEXAS — Cloudy,
local thundershowers in south-
east tonight.. Tuesday mostly
^ cloudy.
Jab Feb Mar
May Jne
Aug Sep
Dec Totl
.77 .04 3.02
2.28 4.09
1.95 3.42
.49 1.66 1.05
.05 2.42
.81 7.75
.90 22.57
.41 .91 .33
6.78 2.46
3.53 .75
.40 1.10 1.94
6.70 .52
xx 5.10
.27 xx .27
3.31 1.47
1.72 1.51
1.75 22.00
1.50 2.881.29
1.32 1.30
.68 Jpc
7.18 27.13
2.54 2.58 .05
5.25 64.95
.101.01 .28
4.14 .16
5.66 1.79
2.19 19.43
.24 .50 3.15
.13 1.69
1.88 .33
.06 15.02
.12 2.34 .54
8.89 6.80
.16 4.20
.26 30.43
.11 xx .75
2.78 xx
.01 6.31
.80 18.70
.59 .021.62
3.99 .75
.91 .66
1.67 2.47 2.02
Churches Have Big
Day Easter Sunday
Sweetwater churches report-
ed record Easter Sunday at-
tendance yesterday with excel-
lent services both night and
Morning services brought out
a large per cent of the popula-
tion. Rain Sunday night cut
down attendance, but despite
the rain most pastors preached
or choirs sang special Easter
music to well-filled auitoriums.
The Ministerial alliance, which
sponsored a three-hour pre-
Easter devotional service and
then urged citizens to attend a
church service somewhere East-
er Sunday, met Monday morn-
ing and passed resolutions, ex-
pressing appreciation to Sweet-
water business firms, who gen-
erally remain open on Sunday,
for closing Sunday morning to
permit employes to attend ser-
Express Appreciation
The ministers also expressed
appreciation to Sweetwater mer-
chants who paid for an adver-
tisement Sunday urging citizens
to attend services. Newspapers
were also thanked for news
stories on Easter services.
The Open Door Bible class of
the First Methodist church had
a record attendance Sunday
morning. There were 156 pre-
sent for the lesson, taught by
District Judge A. S. Mauzey.
Rigdon Edwards, president of
the class, directed his attendance
committee in a special drive for
attendance. John Barry Hub-
bard, University of Texas stu-
dent. sang a special song for
the service.
Church-goers negan their ac-
tivities early. A large crowd was
reported at the 9 o'clock mass
Sunday morning at Holy Family
Catholic church.
Then at the morning preach-
ing services at First Methodist,
First Christian, Lamar Street
Baptist, First Baptist, High-
land Heights Methodist, Calvary
Lutheran, St. Stephen's Episco-
pal, Eastside Baptist, Church of
Christ, auditoriums were filled
to capacity—in some instances
the crowd overflowing into the
Couple Injured
In Car Collision
'Mr. and Mrs. J. W. Walker of
Lubbock were able to leave the
Sweetwater hospital in a Lub-
bock ambulance Sunday night
after treatment for injuries in-
curred when their car collided
with a parked truck on the
highway west of Merkel about
10 o'clock last night. Blinding
lights of an approaching auto-
mobile was blamed for the ac-
Three Texas Tech students in
the car, Miss Julia Roberts, B.
Bradford and Earl Lewis, es-
caped injury.
Mr. Walker incurred a broken
arm and facial injuries. Mrs.
Walker suffered from shock and
head injuries, not considered ser-
The entire party' was brought
to Sweetwater by Mr. and Mrs.
J. I). llornbuckle, who were
enroute to their home here
when the accident occurred.
Robber8 Carry Off
Safe, Take $700
An emnty safe found near the
edge of town gave police their
only clue today in their search
for burglars who broke into a
department store Sunday and
carried away the safe contain-
ing $700, jewelry and other val-
Former Convicts
Rob Two Churches
DALLAS — (UP) — Two
former convicts robbed safes at
two churches here last night
and then were captured when
13 policemen broke in on them
while they were opening the
safes at a third church today.
Police said one burglar was
wanted for murder in St. Louis.
Pleased By Arrest
His face grimly sardonic, his
manner confident, 19-yea. old
Norman Smith is shown alter
his arrest at Kdinhurg, ().,
where police said he had con-
fessed to the slaying of Mr.
and Mrs. Henry Itamneister
and Mr. Baumeister's aged
father at their farm home
near North Lima, last Jan. 4.
Smith said, "I'm glad they
caught me before 1 done any
Sweetwater Reporter
Attorney Slain
By His Wife
A murder charge was filed to-
day against Mrs. Olga Nowlin.
43, who confessed, according to
police, that she killed her hus-
band, Claude Nowlin, 57, prom-
inent attorney, in a quarrel at
their home.
Authorities said that Nowlin
took Easter lilies to his wife as
a peace offering, but that he re-
ceived a bullet in return. Mrs.
Nowlin. in a signed statement,
said that she shot her husband
with a revolver in a dispute over
Mrs. Nowlin pleaded not guil-
ty when arraigned before a jus-
tice of peace.
Pictographs Being
Studied In Ector
LUBBOCK — (UP) — A par-
ty headed by Dr. W. C. .Holden.
dean and director of archeologi-
cal research of Texas Technolo-
gical College, has gone to west-
ern Ector county to study pic-
tograph drawings recently found
on escarpments there.
A shelter rock discovered near
Blue Mountain, on the southern
edge of Llano Estacado, shows
signs of ancient occupation. Ar-
cheologists believed that exca-
vations might determine the re-
lation between its occupants and
those of Murrah Cave, near the
mouth of the Pecos river,
which was explored by a party
for the college last year.
Two Old Schools
Sold[ At Auction
Tarrant county's two oldest
schools were sold at auction re-
cently, one to be salvaged for
lumber and the other for use
as a negro church building.
Some of the Udders were pi-
oneer citizens who attended
Live Oak and White Settlement
schools. The one-room Live Oak
school building was sold for
salvage. It was built in 1895.
The White Settlement school,
erected 37 years ago, brought
S310, bid by a negro contractor
who will rebuild it into a
Committee Says
Present Fleet
Is Inadequate
White House Denies
Split Between Garner
And Pres. Roosevelt
The senate naval affairs com-
mittee today reported President
Roosevelt's $1,560,000,000 naval
expansion program and urged its
prompt passage with the warn-
ing that the United States with
present armaments "can be de-
feated and conquered without a
military conquest."
The house appropriations com-
mittee, meanwhile, reported fav-
orably a $220,634,725 appropria-
tion for war department civil
works, including §37,000,000 for
flood control requested last
week by President Roosevelt as
part of his new recovery drive.
Mr. Roosevelt recommended
the heavy flood control appro-
priation as a phase in his new
$4,512,000,000 drive against un-
Problem Misunderstood
The naval affairs committee
report said, "Many persons are
of the opinion that our national
defense program should be bas-
ed upon the assumption that we
be prepared only against inva-
sion or military conquest of
continental United States.
"They do not seem to realize
that the United States is not
self-contained. Without a navy
capable of controlling
an effective blockade
our foreign commerce
"Our outlying possessions will
be captured and used against us
as advance bases."
the sea
can be
Locked Horns in Tax Bill Fight
U. S. World Policy
May Cause Stir
u as
Xo liin: of ih«' hitter deadlock between house and
conferees 011 the revised administration la\ hill is
cut in this picture, hut only a few minutes before
taken Senator Pat Harrison (l>.—Miss.), at right, challeng-
ed house conferees to a showdown vote 011 the senate's
amendments eliminating tlx' undistributed profits tax and
drastically modifying the capital gains levy. The house com-
mittee, headed h\ Representative Robert Houghton (I)—X.C.),
center, refused the challenge and demanded that the original
bill he passed. Another key figure in the deadlock was Sena-
tor Arthur Vandeiiberg (R.—Mich.), left, outstanding critic
of 1 In- Roosevelt administration.
The White House insisted to-
day that there had been no
"break" between President Roo-
sevelt and Garner.
"There are lots of people try-
ing to make a break," Secretary
Stephen Early said, "but the pre-
sident has denied it."
However, White House sourc-
es indicated there might be some
honest differences of opinion be-
tween the two.
Garner was represented as
having raised a firm "It's got
to stop" against President Roo-
sevelt's new pump-priming pro-
gram, maintaining that it would
weaken national morale and
jeopardize federal credit.
Tiff Is Publicized
Reports of a tiff between Mr.
Roosevelt and Vice President
Garner were printed widely last
week. Roosevelt minimized the
Meanwhile, congressional lead-
ers conferred with the president
on legislative aspects of his new
lending-spending attack on de-
Grand Jury Begins
Work Here Today
State Operating
Expenses Slashed
AUSTIN—(UP) — Twenty per
cent reduction in the appropri-
ation for operating state depart-
ments was set as the goal of a
state senate finance committee
that met here today to plan
budget reforms.
Child Welfare
Banquet Tonight
Principal speakers at the No-
lan County Child Welfare Board
"Dutch" anniversary banquet in
the Allen Hotel at 7:30 o'clock
tonight will be Miss Florence I..
Sullivan, field representative of
the Children's Bureau from
Washington, D. C.: Mrs. Violet
Greenhill, chief of the Child
Welfare Division and Mrs. Nor-
ma Rankin of the same depart-
ment from Austin.
Miss Helen Springer. who
founded the unit two years ago
and now is head of the Smith
county board at Tyler, is a
guest of Miss Gertrude Saviors,
new director. Dr. Sam Loeb,
. board chairman, will be toast-
-master and Mayor Ben Roberts
' will bring the welcome address.
Other local folk will be on the
Nolan county grand jurors
were sworn in Monday morning
by Judge A. S. Mauzey and
started on what appeared to be
a nominal amount of business I
for the April term of court.
George Outlaw, district attor- j
ney, is in charge of investiga-
Walter Boothe was named fore- J
man of the grand jury. Other!
members are T. E. Arledge, A.
J. Hunter. E. W. Wiman, \Y. W. j
Shields, Walter Rannefeld. Mon- j
del Rogers, C. R. Simmons, \V.
R. (Buck) Johnson, G. \V.
Koerth, Jim Morrow and Jim
Magness. Of the sixteen sum-1
moned, these four were excits- j
ed: J. P. Brown, Waldo Porter, j
L. S. Howard and A. S. Ken- j
d ricks.
Judge Mauzey will set the i
time for calling the docket in
both criminal and civil cases
Tuesday, the last day for filing
answers. The criminal docket
will be set either for the third
or fourth week of the six weeks
term, he said today.
Oil Rig Worker's i
Back Is Broken
II. M. Willis of Rotan. em- j
ployee of the Paine Drilling 1
company, is resting easily in a |
body cast at the Sweetwater 1
hospital after suffering frac-
tures to three lumbar vertebrae j
Beer Permit Case
Appeal Is Filed
An appeal from an order of
Judge Charles W. Lewis in
county court, denying a permit
to retail beer, was filed in dist-
rict court Monday by D. S. Pet-
in an accident on an oil rig
the Rotan field Saturday.
Willis was struck over the
left eye with a swivel bail,
which crumpled him to the rig
floor and broke the back verte-
bra just below the lower rib.
His face also was bruised by
the impact.
I\o Mention Made
Of Sunday Shutdown
AUSTIN—(UP)—Sunday clos-
ing of Texas oil fields was tak-
en for granted today at the state
railroad commission's monthly-
oil proration hearing and no
mention of the topic was made.
Continuation of Sunday shut-
downs is expected in May.
The federal bureau of mines
estimated May demand for Tex-
as oil at 1,322,500 barrels a day.
Current Texas production is
1,323,784 barels daily
New Membershi]
High For Rotary
The Sweetwater Rotary Club
reached a new high point in
its growth today, when Presi-
dent C. E. Mays. .Jr., announced
that the present membership
stood at (iO. The highest pre-
vious number of members was
56. Three new members taken
in today which swelled the
membership to the record high I
were Dale Campbell, Clayton j
Williams and C. B. Spangler.
Features on the program were
two vocal musical numbers of-
fered as a duet by Mr. and Mrs.
I.oris Shepperd and a review of
the book, "How to Lose Friends
and Alienate People," a burles-
que on Dale Carnegie's recent
book "How to Win Friends and
Influence People", by Mrs. lone
D. Perry.
The book points out in a
facetious manner the many ways
for a person to become unpopu-
lar and in so doing it drives
home the message of what to do
to become popular.
Mrs. Perry in her review in-
terspersed personal observations j
in a very effective manner.
Club visitors were Mrs. Loris
Shepperd, Dr. H. W. Mclntvre I
and Roscoe Mann of Fort Worth, j
Birthdays announced by Pre-j
ident Mays were those of A1!
enry Doscher.
A new attempt to give the
United States a freer hand in
world policy appeared 1 i k e-
ly today to stir up congressional
conflict over how to keep out
of the next war.
Representative Byron Scott of
California, who conferred with
President Roosevelt Friday,
said he would introduce a reso-
lution expected to be used as
a wedge to modify the neutrality
The administration has oppos-
ed neutrality legislation as han-
dicapping the president and
state department in forming for-
eign policy.
France Backs Britain
Meanwhile, France formally
joined in Great Britain's efforts
to insure peace by a series of
treaties which may extend to
Britain, Italy, France and Ger-
many. French representatives
at Rome were instructed to
ask Mussolini if he was ready
to negotiate a treaty of friend-
ship such as he concluded Sat-
urday with Britain.
A foretaste of the further
spread of Nazi influence was giv-
en in Rumania, when Corneliu
Zelea Codereanu, head of the
pro-Nazi iron guards, and 2,000
followers were seized on charg-
es of plotting to overthrow King
Developments Elsewhere
Spain: Nearly 20,000 loyalist
troops including Americans of
the international brigade were
trapped in a river valley today
when nationalists encircled their
positions and advanced within
rifle fire of Tortosa.
The Americans faced the
choice of surrendering, continu-
ing the defense, which was con-
sidered suicidal, or attempting
to swim the mile-wide river.
China: Chinese reported they
had sent 1,000,000 men into
southern Shantung province to
meet 500,000 Japanese in what
may be the greatest battle in
Oriental history.
Palestine: The British troops
reported 63 natives killed and
many wounded in suppressing
Arab terroristic activities over
the Easter weekend.
Road Delegation
Goes To Austin
Heiress To 'Rule'
"Queen Shenandoah Xl'," oth-
erwise known as Adelaide
Moffett. will rule over the
annual apple blossom festival
at Winchester. Va., April 28.
The daughter of James A,
.Moffett. former Federal Hous-
inu administrator, she is the
widow of the late David
Brooks and heiress to mil-
11. A. Walker, president of
the Board of City Development, j
George Barber, secret a rv-ma nag- ;
er, and C. C. Johnston, director, 1
formed a delegation that will j
appear before the State High- j
way commission today in Aus-1
tin to petition for an additional J
14 miles of farm-to-market road j
in the southeastern section of j
Nolan county. They are eighth j
on the docket and expect to re- i
turn to Sweetwater in time for j
business Tuesday.
Bob McKissick. recently re- j
signed from the staff of the at- ;
I torney general to work in the j
| William McCraw gubernatorial j
campaign, accompanied the dele- \
gation to Austin but on other !
Rail Mail Clerk
Townsend Gets
Exeeutive Pardon
President Roosevelt today par-
doned Dr. Francis E. Townsend,
old age pension advocate under
:',0 da> jail sentence on convic-
tion of contempt of a house
I committee.
The presidential pardon was
issued at tlie White House a few
minutes after Townsend sur-
rendered to a U. S. marshal to
i begin his sentence. Ir followed a
series of congressional appeals
; that the White House grant cle-
mency to the 71-year-old CaH-
| fornia physician.
Townsend hailed the pardon
as a "complete vindication." He
j said he would return immediate-
ly to Los Angeles.
The White House statement
said: The authority, the dignity
and the right of the house of
representatives have been fully
sustained by the conviction."
Reward Offered
For Pierson
j Stiles ant
| Worthless Check
j Charge Draws Fine
Doc Radcliff. an out-of-town
man. paid a fine of $1 and costs
through the justice court of S.
1 H. Shook Monday, when arrest-
I ed by Constable Neely D
j Reeves o na cold check charge.
He pleaded guilty and made the
check good.
Dizzy Dean Brings
$200,000, Report
ST. LOUIS — (UP) — Sam
Breadon. president of the St.
Louis Cardinals, said today that
tlie Chicago Cubs paid "between
$150,000 and $200,000" in the
deal which transferred Dizzy
Dean to the Cubs in return for
three players. «
Leaps To His Death
|.„G ' Allred today offered $250 reward
SEGUIN — (UP) — George ,
Glauberg. 47. of San Antonio, for information leading to the
railway express clerk, commit capture of Howard Pierson, 23.
ted suicide Sunday by jumping insane slayer who escaped Fri-
from a speeding train west of
Glauberg, who was being
questioned by federal agents
aboard the train, walked to the
car door and jumped.
Airline Highway Is
Aim Of Association
CLEBURNE — (UP) — Local
business men are campaigning
for the construction of a new
"airline" highway from Fort
Worth to Houston, saving about
40 miles over the present best
route. Representatives of inter-
ested cities met recently in Mex
ia to discuss the project
day night from the Austin asy-
Allred said the escape em-
phasized the need of a stat-3 in-
stitution for insane criminals,
state police reported no tra ;e of
Pierson since his disappearance.
In the escape, Pierson display-
ed the same cunning that almost
enabled him to avoid suspicion
as the slayer of his parents. Jus-
tice and Mrs. Win. Pierson. three
rear- ago.

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