The Shamrock Texan (Shamrock, Tex.), Vol. 34, No. 221, Ed. 1 Wednesday, January 26, 1938 Page: 1 of 4
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H TESTIMONY HEARD
IN MURDER TRIAL
, BARBER POLICEMAN
DEPUTY SHERIFF TELLS OF
DRINKING ON RETURN
PANHANDLE, Jan. 26. — Five
; witnesses related incidents sur-
i rounding the alleged murder of
Lee Hutson, Borger constable, on
a Carson County road between
' White Deer and Borger last Dec.
* 14, in 84th district court here
C Ben Chapman, Borger police of-
\ fleer, is on trial for murder in con-
1 nection with the shooting of Hut-
) A sensation was created this
/ morning when a defense motion
for trial on insanity alone was over-
ruled by Special Judge Curtis Doug-
lass. Attorneys for Chapman im-
; mediately petitioned for a suspend-
Three Pints Consumed
In overruling the motion for a
sanity trail. Judge Douglass held
i that it should have been entered be-
I fore the jury had been selected and
I the venire dismissed.
P G. L. Warren, Hutchinson County
' deputy sheriff, was the first person
to take the stand. Warren, who was
driving the car when Hutson was
killed, related that he, Chapman
and Hutson were returning to Bor-
ger from Wheeler, where they had
been called to testify in court.
He admitted that all three of the
d Borger officers had been drinking
during the day, and said that the
three of them had consumed three
pints of whiskey.
Ordered Car Halted
Warren related that during the
trip home, Chapman drew his gun
while riding in the back seat and
ordered him (Warren) to stop the
car. Warren said he stopped the
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BAS COMPANY GROUP
GUESTS AT BANQUET
LONE STAR OFFICIALS AND
* Celebrating the completion of the
big compressor station north of
town,* employes and officials of the
Lone Star Gas company and their
wives were entertained with a ban-
quet Tuesday night at the U-Drop
« Inn. All divisions of the company in
this district were represented and
many officials from the Dallas of-
fice were present.
The fact that the giant program
of construction was carried out with
* no loss of time accidents furnish-
ed additional cause for celebration,
it was pointed out.
Cecil Cardwell, superintendent of
the construction of the $250,000
compressor plant and who will re-
* main here as manager, was master
o f ceremonies, introducing the
Mayor W. H. Walker, Dr. J. W.
Gooch, Dr. A. B. Christie, Highway
Patrolman J. L. Pingenot and W.
* O. Morrow, assistant superintend-
ent of Shamrock High school, were
guests at the banquet and each gave
a short talk.
From the Dallas office were B. L.
Rogers, general superintendent of
* the compressor department; A. W.
Breeland, safety supervisor, C. F.
Wilson, supervisor of stores, and R.
Vandercook, pipeline superintend-
ent. Each of these men gave talks
complimenting Cardwell and his
'I men on their excellent construction
record at this plant.
Following the program and ban-
quet dancing was enjoyed. One hun-
dred people were present.
FIRST BOXING MATCH
SLATED FEBRUARY 4
Shamrock high school’s amateur
leather-pushers will engage in their
first match Friday night, February
4, with Coach Bob Clark’s Erick,
Okla., boxers, it is announced. The
match, to consist of seven bouts,
will be held In the local gymnasium.
Tlie boxing card will be first of a
series scheduled between four
schools, Shamrock, Canadian,
Wheeler and Erick. ,
The bouts will be held in a spe-
icaliy built portable ring of regula-
tion size, according to Grady Box,
who is coaching the Irish boxing
P-TA TO RECONDITION
* At a meeting of the North Ward
* Parent-Teachers’ Association Tues-
day afternoon, members voted to
repair the playground equipment
which was damaged by construction
of the new building. The work will
• be done within the next few weeks.
Mrs. W. O. Perkins was in charge
I of the program and a talk on 'hob-
bies was given by Mrs. Earl Braudt
and Miss Maud Lummus discussed
f developing personality.
t * Mrs. J. F. Shortt’s room won the
prize for having the largest number
i of mothers
Stronger U. S. Army
Is Demanded As Part
Of Defensive Program
SHAMROCK, WHEELER COUNTY, TEXAS, WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 26, 1938
Glimpsing Sol’s ‘Spotted Fever’ HEAVY CASUALTIES
(N BLOODY FIGHT
Old Sol was broken out in rash spots visible to the naked eye and
one group of which covered an area 120,000 miles long and 60,000
miles wide when this remarkable picture was taken in Cleveland
by Dr. J. J. Nassau, director of the Warner and Swasey Observa-
tory of the Case School of Applied Science. Dr. Nassau estimated
the sun spot to the extreme right to be 10,000 miles in diameter,
larger than our entire earth. Appearing in a cycle of about 11
years, sun spots are actually gigantic tornadoes in which masses
of white-hot gases as large as the whole earth are blown about
with terrific velocity.
ON YANGTZE RIVER
NEW OFFENSIVES LAUNCHED
BY BOTH JAPANESE AND
SHANGHAI, Jan. 26. — Heavy
casualties were reported today in
hand-to-hand fighting along the
Yangtze River above Nanking as
reinforced Chinese and Japanese
armies launched new offensive si-
By Weakening Support
Of Anti-Lynching Bill
REPORT 150 PERSONS KILLED
BY REBEL WARPLANES
IN TWO ATTACKS
BARCELONA. Spain, Jan. 26. —
Insurgent bombers hi two heavy
raids on Barcelona were estimated
last night to have killed about 150
persons and wounded almost twice
The first attack came in the early
morning when 40 bombs were dump-
ed on the city.
Six of the missiles struck within
a city block, each killing from one
to six sleeping persons.
The warplanes fled toward the
Mediterranean but five raiders came
back in the afternoon and subjected
the Pueblo Nuevo and San Andres
suburbs to a heavy bombardment.
(Insurgent raiders last week killed
an estimated 100 persons and
wounded more than 200 in bombing
attacks on Barcelona, important
Catalan seaport city and present
seat of the Spanish government.)
Yesterday’s air operations, latest
in a series of attacks on enemy cen-
ters by government and insurgent
squadrons attacking such key cities
as Valencia, Puigcerda, Salamanca
and Seville, came after a large scale
battle over Teruel In which one in-
surgent plane and seven govern-
ment ships were shot down.
(Air activity in Catalonia, com-
bined with insurgent attempts to
blockade Barcelona and other
northwest Spanish ports from the
sea. aroused France to strengthen
her border defenses.)
WASHINGTON, Jan. 26. — Three
supporters of the anti-lynching bill
announced Tuesday they were will-
ing to lay it aside In view of the
prolonged southern filibuster.
Leadership of the opposition to
the bill predicted others would take
this same attitude with the result
the measure would be shelved before
the end of the week.
Senators Wheeler, Democrat,
Montana; Burke, Democrat, Ne-
braska, and Herring, Democrat, Io-
wa, were the supporters who an-
nounced willingness to give up the
“Thinks look rosy,” said Senator
Connally, Democrat, Texas, chief
strategist for the southerners.
Big Bills Held Up
He and his colleagues were count-
ing on the pressure of two circum-
stances to end debate on the bill.
The first was the fact important
legislation is now, or soon will be,
awaiting attention of the senate.
This includes the housing bill, the
farm bill and several appropriation
The second was that senators
don’t like night sessions and in an
effort to end the filibuster, the ad-
ministration leadership has ordered
Pepper Still Hot
As for the actual filibustering,
Senator Pepper, Democrat, Florida,
continued the oratory, while sup-
porters of the bill watched closely
Chinese said both sides suffered
severe losses as they fought for
hours near Wuhu, with Japanese
warships shelling Chinese positions,
They placed the:r own casualties
at 400, but made no estimate of the
Chinese Take Hohsien
The Chinese reported they had
captured Hohsien, 25 miles down the
river from Wuhu, near the scene of
the bombing of the United States
gunboat Panay December 12.
Along the Tientsin-Pukow rail-
way north of Nanking Ohinese forc-
es reixirted they were driving back
Japanese near Pengpu, advance
point of the Invaders' northward
drive toward Suchow, strategic rail
Junction 320 miles northwest of
The big Japanese offensive in
South Shantung, according to Chi-
nese advices, was being held up un-
til reinforcements arrived.
(A Hongkong dispatch said Jap-
anese continued their aerial bom-
bardment of the Canton-Kowloon
railway in South China, striking
closer to Canton than at any time
since they opened their attacks.
(Japanese warships were said to
have fought a, jjne-hour artillery
duel with Chinese batteries on Nan-
tao, across deep bay from the British
Japanese army spokesmen said
Japanese operations against Chinese
irregilalrs on Pootung peninsula,
across the Whangpoo River from
Shanghai, had been completed.
No Peace In Sight
Hsu Shih-Ying, China's ambas-
sador to Japan, stopped in Shang-
hai on his way to Hankow, tem-
porary capital, with; a declaration
“I bring no peace terms.”
“I am convinced," he said, ‘‘that
the invasion of foreign forces can
only make China more determined
to maintain its integrity."
Noe for Fast
Opposed to teaching, preacting
or practicing what he called a
“vagary.” Bishop James M.
Maxon. above, of Memphis,
Tenn., ordered Dean Israel H.
Noe removed as head of the
Episcopal cathedra] of St. Mary.
Bishop Maxon first learned of
Dean Noe’s fasting when church
affairs of his diocese were re-
ported to him after a long illness.
COUNTY MEN ATTEND
BREAKS DOWN OVER
PROSPECT OF CHAIR
SEADLUND SOBS IN ABJECT
TERROR AFTER BRIEF
VISIT OF MOTHER
REED TO TAKE UP
DUTIES ON BENCH
UNANIMOUS CONFIRMATION IS
QUICKLY ACCORDED NEW
JUSTICE BY SENATE
SECRETARY GIVES REPORT ON
PROGRESS OF PANHANDLE
LAKE, DAM PROGRAM
CHICAGO, Jan. 26. — From
heartelss killer to sobbing craven,
John H. Seadiund awaited trial
Tuesday for the kidnaping and
murder of Charles S. Ross in ab-
ject terror of the electric chair.
His fright was so great that every
precaution was taken to prevent any
suicidal attempt in his cell and a
special guard was posted at all hours
outside the door.
District Attorney Michael L. Igoe
said the federal grand jury may vote
an indictment by Friday and the
case be called for trial at an early
date. In the meantime, Seadiund,
who was arrested under the alias of
Peter Anders, was .being held with-
out bond under orders of United
States Commissioner Edwin K.
Seadlund’s steely reserve gave way
completely Monday in a brief visit
with his mother, Mrs. Delia Sead-
lund of Ironton. Minn. When part-
ed after a few minutes in his cell,
Seadiund clutched at her arm and
whimpered to the federal agenltb
“But I’ll never see her again . . .
They’re going to kill me. They’ll put
me in the chair and I’ll burn . . .
Wliy do I have to go to the chair?
I’ve told all I knew. I saved every-
body a lot of trouble. And now all
they’ll do is kill me.”
Additional details of his story
came to light Monday after the
hearing. Asserting Ross had been
intended only as a robbery victim
and the kidnaping was perpetrated
on impulse, Seadiund related he had
killed his victim out of sympathy.
' He’d had a hard time being kept
in that open dugout up in Wiscon-
sin for nearly two weeks and he
looked about done for,” Seadiund
said. “The cold and exposure and
his bum heart had just about finish-
“If I let him go I knew he’d just
wander around for a few hours and
die. So I put the gun behind his ear
and pulled- the trigger.”
Seadiund was apparently bewil-
dered at the crowd and confusion in
the hearing room when he was ar-
raigned Monday. He stood mute
when asked if he pleaded guilty or
not guilty and the commissioner en-
tered a technical plea of not guilty
In his behalf.
WASHINGTON, Jan. 26. — The
United States army may be greatly
strengthened at the same time the
navy is being built up, it was indi-
cated last night.
President Roosevelt conferred yes-
terday afternoon with the chairman
of five house commijttees dealing
with naional defense, and it was
disclosed both branches of the fight-
ing service are under consideration
for supplementary appropriations.
For weeks, it has been known the
president was preparing to ask more
money for the fleet, but not much
had been said previously about Lhe
army. It was reported yesterday,
however, powerful leaders interested
in the land forces were pressing for
Mr. Roosevelt said his message
on increased appropriations would
be ready Thursday or Friday but
refused to give details.
The president talked with Rep-
resentatives Taylor, Democrat, Colo-
rado, chairman of the appropriation
committee; Vinson, Democrat, Geor-
gia, chairman of- toe naval commit-
tee; May, Democrat, Kentucky,
chairman of the military commit-
tee; Snyder, Democrat, Pennsylvan-
ia, chairman of the appropriations
military subcommittee, and Um-
stead, Democrat, North Carolina,
chairman of the naval appropria-
* Taylor said the president’s • mes-
sage would not be startling but add-
ed “the United States is getting
ready to defend itself."
In general, he said, the conference
was characterized by “general de-
termination to brace up on our pre-
paredness." There was a discussion
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CLUB HEARS TALK
ON IRISH CUSTOMS
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AGAINST WAGE CUTS
WASHINGTON, Jan. 26. — A
warning to industry that wage cuts
would depress business further and
force the government to “consider
other means of creating purchasing
power" came yesterday from Presi-
Calling also for prices low enough
to be within the reach of the pub-
lic, he said In a formal statement
issued at his press conference:
“Industrialists kill the goose that
lays the golden egg when they keeip
prices up at the expense of employ-
ment and purchasing power. Indus-
trialists kill the goose that lays the
golden egg when they cut wages and
thereby reduce purchasing power.
Bather policy is self-defeating and
Business And Professional Women
Elect Officers At Meeting
Held Tuesday Night
Miss Betty Hansen was elected
president of the Business and Pro-
fessional Women’s club for 1938 at
a meeting held last night at the
home of Mrs. Henry Hlse. She will
succeed Miss Allie Williams.
Other officers elected were Mb’s.
O. P. Purcell, first vice president;
Mrs. Ernest Hood, second vice pres-
ident; Mrs. J. W. Shaddlx, corre-
sponding secretary; Miss Audra
Henderson, recording secretary;
Mrs. Charles Braxton, treasurer;
and Mrs. W. W. CoUler, parliamen-
Two new members, Miss Re Lum-
mus and Mrs. Will McSpedden were
voted into club membership. It was
decided during the business meeting
to sponsor a bridge and forty-two
tournament sometime in February.
Definite announcement will be made
WASHINGTON, Jan. 26. — So-
licitor General Stanley Rieed, chief
defender of Roosevelt legislation be-
fore the Supreme Court, won unan-
imous Senate confirmation Tuesday
for a seat on the tribunal.
The 53-year-old Kentuckian Is ex-
pected to assume his new duties
He will be the 77th person to sit
on the high tribunal.
So quickly was toe nomination
approved that few persons in the
galleries knew what had occurred.
As soon as toe clerk read the
name of Reed Vice President Garner
By that Gamer meant that, in the
absence of any protest, the nomina-
ion was confirmed.
Reed was appointed to succeed
Justice George Sutherland, 75, Utah,
who retired Jan. 18.
There has been speculation as to
whether the new justice will dis-
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R. A. Wood, president, and Bed-
ford Harrison, secretary-manager of
the Shamrock Chamber of Com-
merce, attended a general meeting
of the Panhandle Water Conserva-
tion Authority this afternoon in the
Amarillo Hotel at Amarillo. Also
representing this county were Coun-
ty Judge W. O. Puett and D. G.
Sims and groups of citizens from
Wheeler and Mobeetie.
Carl Hinton, secretary of the
Panhandle association, who has
been in Washington since Christ-
mas In the interest of further pro-
moting the lake and dam program
for the Plains area, gave a report
on the progress being made toward
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FARMERS STATE BANK
AT TEXOLA CLOSES
TEXOLA, Okla., Jan. 26. — Fail-
ing to open Its doors Monday morn-
ing, the Farmers State Bank of
Texola became the first Oklahoma
bank to close in nearly three years,
it was reported by Howard Johnson,
state banking commissioner.
Records of the Beckham county
bank showed that it had $15,000
capital stock, $32,000 in deposits and
$39,000 in frozen loans. The banking
commissioner said no liquidating
agency would be appointed at once.
Employes Over Forty More
Satisfied With Jobs Than
Youngsters, Survey Shows
NEW YORK, Jan. 26. — Employes
over 40 were found happier on their
Jobs than toosa under 40 in a study
“on the causes of labor unrest"
made pubic by Charles C. Stech, re-
search and labor relations specialist.
In one respect only were toe
young and old equally satisfied, and
that was the extent to which toedr
job security was based on merit.
The studies were made on 7,500
department store employes of ail
classes, in’ six .states—California,
Ohio, Pennsylvania. Maryland, New
York and Massachusetts.
More than one third of the per-
sons questioned were 40 or over.,
Following are conditions which
the older employee found more sat-
isfactory than the younger, given
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A talk on Irish history and leg-
ends was given by Carl Shortall at
the weekly luncheon of the Sham-
rock Boosters club today. An au-
thority on Irish history, Mr. Short-
all was invited to bring the club the
information for use in planning the
first annual St. Patrick’s Day cele-
bration to be held on March 17. His
talk was as entertaining as it was
Sol Blonstein, chairman of the St.
Patrick’s Day celebration, has call-
ed a meeting of the general commit-
tee for Thursday night in the cham-
ber of commerce office when much
of the information presented by Mr.
Shortall will be Incorporated into
the day’s program.
L. E. DePew was a guest of toe
club at today’s luncheon.
IRISH CAGE TEAMS
VICTORS AT MIAMI
Both Irish boys’ and girls’ 'basket-
ball teams were victors In games
played at Miami Tuesday night. The
boys defeated toe corresponding Mi-
ami team by a score of 20 to 16. The
Irish lassies won their encounter by
a score of 17 to 13.
The boys were playing their first
game under the tutelage of their
new coach, C. B. Medkief, who re-
cently replaced John Walker, assist-
ant athletic director.
The junior boys’ cage team won
a practice game from the Lela boys
FOUR ARE CHARGED IN
VANISHING OF $28,000
FORT WORTH, Jan. 26. — Four
men, including a prominent busi-
ness man of Kerrville, Texas, were
under charges last night in connec-
tion with the mysterious disappear-
ance of a $28,000 money shipment
more than two months ago.
The money vanished while en
route from the Federal Reserve bank
in Dallas to a bank in O’Donnell,
Texas, last Nov. 5. Postal investi-
gators said that it was taken out of
a mall sack which had been shipped
by empress on a train which did not
carry any mail clerks.
FOR STATE HIKED
RODE8SA FIELD GIVEN BOOST
TO PROVIDE PARITY WITH
AUSTIN, Jan. 26. — Allowable
daily oil production in Texas was
boosted more than 20,000 barrels in
orders made public Tuesday by the
The Rodessa allowable was raised
from 16,681 to 34,850 barrels daily.
Commission officials said toe pur-
pose of the change was to give the
Texas part of the field parity with
the Louisiana and Arkansas seg-
ments. The maximum gas-oil ratio
for wells producing from the Dees-
Young horizon was increased from
2,000 to 5,000. That for producers
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BLAST HALTS GAS
For fifteen minutes Tuesday af-
ternoon, between 25 and 30 homes
were without gas. Workmen on the
construction job for the highway
travelers Information station, at
highway 66 and west 12th street, set
off a blast of dynamite which broke
a gas main, employees of the Sham-
rock Gas Company stated.
Service was interrupted for a
quarter of an hour while repairs
On New Nickel
WASHINGTON, Jan. 26. — The
American public will jingle a new
nickel in its jeans before the close
of this year. It will be the first time
since 1913. when the buffalo nickel
was Introduced, that there has been
a change in the design of the nick-
Secretary of the Treasury Henry
Morgenthau Jr., announced that a
likeness of Thomas Jefferson, third
president of the United States, will
replace the bison of the western
plains that has been used fpr 25
A national competition for a de-
sign will be held, with a first prize
On the side of the new nickel with
Jefferson’s likeness will be the word
“Liberty” and the date. On the re-
verse side will be a
of Jefferson’s ho
ville, Va„ and its name "Montleello.”
There also will be the legal require-
ments—the inscriptions “E Pluribua
Unurn”, “United States of America"
and “Five Cents”. The design wir
also have toe familiar motto "In
God We Trust" which is not on the
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