Abilene Morning Reporter News, April 24, 1927

Abilene Morning Reporter News

April 24, 1927

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Abilene Morning Reporter News (Newspaper) - April 24, 1927, Abilene, Texas THE ABILENE MORNING REPORTER-NEWS and Monday cloudy, probably I. WEATHER: (rain north portion; rot much in ABILENE, TEXAS, SUNDAY MORNING, APRIL FORTY-ElGHT PAGES Price 5 Cents IUMBER2Q1 MITCHELL COUNTY BOND ISSUE VOTED oats dropped along the crumbling levees picking up hundreds of refu- gees. They were taken to Memphis, "Vicksburg and Helena. Hundreds of refugees are still marooned in buildings that stand above the water in Greenville. were approximately refugees concentrated at that place In addition to the town's population. They are without fresh heat and light. Steamboats are moving the population to "Vicksburg as rapidly as possible. The steamer Cincinnati on which Mayor William Hale Thompson and a party of river improvement advocates aje making a trip to New Orleans picked up several hundred refugees from Greenville and brought them to Vicksburg. Vicks- burg Is surrounded by water but the city is built on a high bluff and will not be flooded. Two hundred refugees were removed from the Pythian building in Greenville Just before it col- lapsed today. Memphis was ready tonight to meet the crest of the flood which is due here during the night or to- morrow. The river rose slowly to- day. It Is expected to come to a atand here tomorrow or Monday and then recede very slowly. ljeveea Holding Levees below Greenville were re- ported holding tonight. Breaks in the levees just above Greenville and at New Madrid, Mo., several days ago tended to reduce the See FLOODS Page 4 Packard Makes New Speed Record With a Buick Ask the Packard Motor Company about it. When they got Jn their new location at 7th and Pine they increased their Ad fn the "Autos for Sale" section and the following da" a fel- low came in and said. "Let me see that Buick Sedan you have advertised in the Re- porter." He bought speed record. New records are es- tablished every day in the Used Car Want Ad Section, and next week we expect some world records for quick sales. Watch the' "Automobile Row" for real bargains, com- mencing Sunday. When you want to put a little selling ?cp into any kind of a proposition, just call on Ad Taker at 1067. Tradition Broken By Chicago Court; Girl Is Convicted Wee, Bed Headed Slayer Is Sentenced To Prison (By Universal Service) April 23.------Flor- ence Stokes, wee, red and bobbed haired slayer of her sweetheart, James Glennon, was found guilty of man- slaughter by a jury today. Her sentence is from one year to life. .But she was given fresh hope when Judge William "V- Brothers, in criminal court granted the request of, her at- torney for a new trial. "This verdict is obviously a compromise by the was the comment of attorney Wil- liam Scott Stewart for the defense.. He was bitterly dis- sapqinted. Both he and the girl had expected an acquittal. Heretofore Cook county courts have seldom convicted slayers. "Young wo- men and girls charged with killing men have always got- ten is an old bromide of court attaches here. NELLS DEATH TRIAL IS SET AT WH.EIAH Lammey, Angelo Slayer Of Manies, Bound Over To Grand Jury COLEMAN, Texas, April Oliver C. Wells will be tried In district court here May 5, for the murder of J. A. Mitchell, killed here January 27, when 'held up In his store. The date for the trial was set this morning by Judge J. O. Wood- ward, with Wells in the courtroom. Efforts to appoint counsel to re- present Wells failed. Local at- torneys who contributed to a reward fund for the capture and conviction of Mitchell's slayer were reluctant to serve.' Judge Woodward did not urge them to do so. Wells is said to have had with him in jail at Abilene. Wells was brought here Friday evening from Abilene- by seven officers. He had been In Jail there since March 20, when arrested for shooting a negro. It was In the Abilene jail that Mrs. Mitchell, widow of the slain man, identified him as the slayer. The state's chief witness against Wells, Claude Manies of San An- gelo, was shot and killed there Friday morning fcy J. W. Lammey, a groceryman- Offlcers who brought Wells were: Sheriff W. B. Hamil- ton of Coleman, Sheriff Earl Mc- Willlams of Ballinger, Sheriff H. T. O'Bar of Abilene, Deputy Frank Whaley of Abilene arid George Robey, C. G. Maddox, Leon Shield, of Coleman. Wells trial here- will follow.that of C. W. Watson, charged with murder in connection with the kill- ing of Jack McMath, which oc- curred on a main street here. Watson's trial is scheduled to" begin May 2. (By The Associated Press) SAN ANGELO, Texas, April 23. ---J. W. Lammey, San Angelo, charged with murder In connection with the killing of Claude Manies Friday, was bound over to the grand jury under bond here Saturday. Fifteen business men signed as sureties. It Is charged that Lammey shot and killed Manies in the Jail yard here. Manies was under indictment on charges of burglarizing two stores, one of which Is owned by Lammey. Officer-Slayers Receive Threat From Underworld (By Universal Service) LOS AXGELES, April 23___ Threats of death were- made over the telephone at police headquar- ters today against three detectives who killed Harry Thomas, notorious boot- legger, Thursday night while on an alleged "hijacking" raid. The themselves being guarded. Tho threat came from an unidentified man, who accused tho officers of "murderIng hit pal." Defeat Of Amendment To Impose Taxes On West Texas School Lands, Causes New Step (By Universal Service) AUSTIN, Texas, April proposed constitutional amendment proposing Imposition of a tax on acres of University of Texas lands In West Texas, de- feated InOe regular session of the fortieth legislature, Rep." J. Hershel Boggs of San Angelo now plans to compel the sale of these lands. A bill is now being prepared by Boggs to be introduced at the spe- cla1 session in May, which will re- quire the University of Texas to place these lands on the market and dispose of them to the highest bidder. When the present state constitu- tion was adopted in 1876, Boggs said, the university was donated these acres of land sit- uated in 17 West Texas counties on condition that these lands should be ,sold. "This was 51 years said resi'sbh' the" university authorities have failed to carry out the provisions of the constitution. I believe that the university has forfeited its right to these lands because of its fail- ure to carry out the provisions of the constitution. "I do not desire to insist that those lands be forfeited, unless the people demand It, but I do Intend to insist that the lands shall be sold as demanded by the constitu- tion of Texas, and now Is the time to sell, before the oil and other minerals are taken from under the soil." It is estimated that if these lands are sold at the present time, they will yield between and and this money placed in the permanent university fund, with the In'.srest therefrom, would easily provide sufficient funds for support and maintenance of the university. It would not be nec- essary for the state to appropriate nearly biennially out of the general revenue of the state for the school, i: was pointed out. Moody Makes Plans To Join Ail -Texas Special (By The Associated Press) CORSICANA, Texas, April 23. Lowry Martin, general chairman of the All-Texas special train to be run to New England to display Texas to the country generally, announced Saturday that Governor Dan Moody has signified his in- tention of being on the train. Mr. Martin received his Information from Peter Mollyneaux, named to invite the governor to make the trip. MCDONALD RESTS (By Universal Service) PHILADELPHIA, April 23. Ramsey McDonald, former labor party prime minister of Great Brit- ain, was discovered this afternoon to have entered Jefferson Hospital here "for a rest up." It was ex- plained that the British labor lead- er, who has been making visits to various cities, was suffering "from cold and fatigue." Flying Cameraman "Shoots" Photo Of Flooded Mississippi Region Airplane Photo, Copyright, 1927, NEA Service. The Hying cameraman gets a good picture at Manilla, Ark., where Dry Leader Points Out Industrial Progress As A Result Of New Law In Country (By Universal Service) NEW YOKE, April Clarence Darrow was cheered and Wayne B. Wheeler jeered tonight when they debated pro- hibition in Carnegie Hall. The jeers didn't start until Wheeler started on his refuta- tion. He hardly .finished a sen- tence, before hisses, catcalls and boos were hurled at him, chiefly from the two galleries, but many times from the or- chestra. Darrow was the popular man of the evening. Of that there was no doubt. The audience filled the large hall comfortably was attentive, seemed to grasp the logic of the was wildly en- w' the wets. Mayor Walker There Mayor Walker was the honorary chairman of the evening. He came i late and left early. He was cheered the strength and fury of the flood waters is illustrated by the pile of almost much Darrow and timbers strewn along the bank of a wooden highway. Water-covered highways and railroads have isolated the community. -Part of a house can be seen floating near the timbers piled up near the wooden high- way. For mile after mile the NEA cameraman flew over such scenes as this, risking his life since there was no place to land the plane In event of a breakdown. THE FLOODS AT A GLANCE (By The Associated Press) More than sixty persons are known to have perished in the most extensive Mississippi valley flood of record and there are un- co_nfirmed reports that upwards of one hundred and fifty others have been drowned. Those made home- less over the thouands of square miles now under water in Missis- sippi, Arkansas and other states is estimated at As the floods swept over ad- ditional Mississippi towns, includ- ing Leland, Shaw and Benoit, as well as intervening points, the millions in property damage was steadily mounting. Warnings of flood dangers in Louisiana from the Red and Ouachita rivers as well as at Natchez, Baton Rouge and New Orleans were issued by the weather bureau. Red Cross and federal agencies moved swiftly to organize relief work and evacuate- refugees from Inundated towns and those in the path of the raging water. 'Naval seaplanes flying from Pensacola, Fla., began aiding in Mississippi- TWO WOUNDED NEAR BRADY BY PISTOLS BRADY, Texas, April L. Lawson, deputy sheriff, and C. F. Wagner, a blacksmith, are both in a serious condition from pistol wounds received at Mercury last night at 11 o'clock. Lawson was shot through the body with a 45 calibre pistol. Wag- ner received a bullet through a shoulder from the same type of gun. Lawson is in a Brownwood sanitarium. His condition is regard- ed as very serious. Wagner is in a local hospital. The extent of his wound is not known. With Lonnie Sansom, the offi- cer was guarding a house that had repeatedly been harassed by night prowlers. When he saw a man approaching the place the of- ficer ordered him to throw up his hands and was shot down. He re- turned the fire, emptying his gun. In a statement this morning Wagner declared that he shot him- self while attempting to get his home, on hearing a 'fusilade of shots nearby. THIRTEEN REBELS SLAIX f By Th< Associated Press) MEXICO CITY, April ficial announcement was made this afternoon that federal troops In the state of Guanajuato had killed 13 rebels and captured three of the band in a clash near Don Diepo hill. Those captured Included the leader, a German named Pichardo, who was courtmartialed, and exe- cuted. made a welcoming1 speech which was quite as wet as Barrow's side of the debate. Wheeler, thin, almost emaclat- plauded him and even laughed at some of his sallies, which at times were bitterly satirical. But Wheel- er never won a moment with the audience as a whole. The anti-da- loon league section applauded with precision. Darrow opened the debate. A good natured, healthy man who spoke with hands in his pockets and hunched shoulders, he was the physical opposite of his opponent. Wheeler, thin, almost emmaciat- ed looking, with a sallow complex- ion, looked ;dmost 111. said Darrow, "is the law of bigots. We are free mon, who shall tell us what we shall eat or drink? "Prohibition goes back to the same crowd that burned witches. They are the group of people who want to settle everything. They want to run everybody else. "A Drab, Cruel "They would have it a machine run world, and if they had their way it would be a drab, cruel ty- rannical world. They are the kind who would stick pins Into babies so they wouldn't laugh on Sun- days. "They are the class of people that think to smile is a sin and that all joy is wicked. "You know that Sunday laws, laws against people enjoying themselves, are broken everywhere. They are unjust laws and unpopu- lar because they are unjust. Thf-y wouldn't let you have a drink pro- viding you couldn't get a drink." "Prohibition cessful. I have hasn't been not noticed sue- any draught, and never expect to." "Prohibition was put over by bull-dozing and scheming. It Is not popular with the majority. It Is a See DARROW-WHEELER Page 4 SURRENDERS TO LAW-WEST TEXAS YONTH OF 1879 RETDRNS if. jf. if. If. If. if. Aged Russ Holloway, Pioneer Of Rough, Frontier Days, Ends Ramblings As Fugitive At Stephenville (Special to the News) OTEPHENVILLE, Tex., April elderly man walk- into the sheriff's office here yesterday and quietly spoke to Deputy Pearcy. "My name is Russ Holloway, and I live in Callahan he said. "I was indicted in. Erath county in 1879, charged with the murder of a man named Floberson, and t want to surrender." Holloway, who it 72, then told this story to a group of listeners: Forty-eight years ago, when he was a your.s man of 24, he was living In Erath county. Robtrscn, with aoothft whose name Hol'loway did not recall, came to his house and raised a disturbance. "They were Hollo- way said. "I pleaded with them to leave me alone. They refus- ed, continued to threaten me, and an altercation started in which I shot and killed Rob- erson. Feared Mob Trial "Those were rough days out here on the western frontier, Holloway went on. "Instead of waiting for the law, a mob would usually deal out justice in its own -way, and often the mob was wrong. I was in the right in this case, but was not very well known and feared I could not con- vince the people. Fearing a mob trial, with no justice as- sured, I left home at once, leaving my wife and one child, a little girl." Holloway has not seen his wife and daughter since the day of his flight, and not know where they are living. He went north and Canada, Wyoming aftd other western American states. he. said, "having come down to old age, I want- ed to get this thing off my mind and stand trial. That la why I am here, gentlemen.'" Xo Record of Indictment After hearing Holloway's astonishing .story, the sheriff of Erath coxmtjr began a search of court rec- ords, without success. If an indictment was ever returned, there Is no record of it here. It la thought probable that the papers were destroyed In a firo which consumed the old court- house many years ago. Holloway, however, insisted that legal action be taken, and so lie was placed under arrest. He at once employed counsel, bond for was he nrmde It without difficulty, and departed, say- ing wax going to his sister's home In Callahan county. It is said that Holloway, de- spite his years of rambling, hss. accumulated considerable property. Wisconsin Claims Rotary Champion Louis Hirslg, hardware dealer of Madison, Wls., has bettered the record of never missing a Rotary meeting in nine years set by M. J. Carroll of Kokomo, Ind. "Louie" (above) hasn't missed a meeting in Madison in 14 years. TWO DEAR, 28 OTHERS DYfflG Five Story Structure In De- troit Destroyed By Blaze (By The Associated Press) DETROIT, Mich., April With two known dead and the death of some 23 others in two hospitals expected, the black and smoldering ruing of. a new five story building of the Briggs Man- ufacturing Company, tonight held the solution of whether others met death in a fire, kindled by a series of explosions, which destroyed the structure early today. James Gillan, who died shortly after his admittance to receiving hospital and Harry Mason who died this afternoon, were the known dead. Both were negroes. Estimates of the number of dead ran as high as 100 although J. W. Carter, head of the serv- ice department announced late to- day that a check of the employ- ment records accounted for all the 200 men employed in the burned building. More than are employed in all departments of the plant, an automobile body firm, occupying: several buildings. Early reports of Charles T. Earl, a deputy coroner who visP- ted the scene of the tragedy, were that from 50 to 100 men were killed. Firemen placed the num- ber at 20, but Thomas J. O'Gracly, deputy superintendent of police re- fused to set a figure. He said It probably would be several days before search could be made for any bodies that may remain in the ruins. The total number of injured was estimated unofficially at 100 or more. This number included scores not injured, who received first aid treatment at the two hospitals and tbo company's office and returned to their homes, MRS. SNYDER WILL TALK WITH COUNSEL (By Universal Service) NEW YORK. April Ruth Crown Snyder will come out of the jail in Long Island City tomorrow afternoon and pass over the- "bridge of sighs" connecting the- jail with the court-room. Guarded on either side, she will pass nlong the corridors and into the chambers behind the justices seat from which her life will be judged, and there- face her attor- neys. The two guards will remain with her during the conference that Is to follow. Otherwise will be completely shielded from the eyes of the curious, A special court order after- noon was required to obtain for the woman accused oJ tho murder of her husband this retsplte from the rigors of Jail life In to talk at leisure with attorneys Edgaf F. Hazloton and Dana Wallace trial Mom'.av. Voters Display Decided Change Of Sentiment In Comparison With. Former Elections (Special To The COLORADO, Texas, April 23. county played a very decided change of sentiment today and, after having twice voted down simi- lar proposals ruled at the polls by a 6 to 1 majority that 000 in bonds shall be issued for hard surfacing the Bankhead highway through the county. The total vote on the issue was: For against, 240. Every voting box returned a majority for the bonds. Two years ago a issue, de- signed for improvement of both the Bankhead and lateral roads in the county, was defeated by one vote. Later Mitchell coun- is- sue by a substantial majority. Sentiment Changes Sudden change in sentiment is due to a recent visit of officials of the Federal Bureau of Public Roads, who reassured the county that it will receive a total of In federal and state aid for its The federal bu- reau will give and the state highway department to the fund. AH proceeds of the county bonds will he applied on the Bankhead, or State -Highway No. 1. As a result of today's election, ground will be broken within 99 days for the road bed. The type of road to be built is rock base with three-Inch rock and asphalt topping, a duplicate of the Calla- han county stretch of the Bank- head, now nearing completion. Colorado returned' a majority of more than 15 to 1 for the bonds, the local vote being 854 for and 56 against. The vote by boxes was: For Colorado .........854 Loralne ..........222 Westbrook .......241 latan IS Carr............. 17 Cuthbert 25 Landers 10 Buford 2C Hyman 1.0 Spade 23 Against 56 111 S 15 13 (j 13 Total Vote Gap Close In approving the bond issue, to be used for improvement on the Bankhead Highway, citi- zens of Mitchell county haya closed the last gap in that highly- important road which traverses Texas from east to west, from Texarkana to El Paso. In all other counties along the route, the highway is either bard- surfaced now, or provisions have been made for the improvements. Pavement is now practically fin- ished from the east line of the str.te to the east line of Taylor county. Work on tho in both this and in Nolan county is under- way and will be completed with- in the next twelve months, accord- Ing to the present plans. From the -west line of Mitchell county to El Paso, the highway is either paved or graveled all the way. With the assurance of the Mitchell county section being im- proved, the entire length of the road across Texas will soon be an all-year, all-weather artery of travel, Discouraged Travelers Parts of the Mitchell county di- vision of the Bankhead highway have been sore spots to tha tour- ists traversing the route. The latan flat. In the western part of that county has been tho source of much annoyance, as the clay soil in that section made travelingp very disagreeable during rainy weather. Completion of the program of Improvement on this highway will ferlnf increased tourist through this ;