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   Abilene Reporter-News, The (Newspaper) - March 3, 1938, Abilene, Texas                               285. OR OFFENSE TO FRIENDS OR FOES, WE SKETCH TOUR-WORLD EXACTLY AS fT M ABILENE, TEXAS, THURSDAY MORNING, 1938.-TEN PAGES. UNOFFICIAL SOUTHWEST RECORD- ,n, PRICE 5 CENTS Five-Second Bulldogging Highlights Rodeo Feats Ordovician OPLIN WILDCAT GAUGES 37 BARRELS HOURLY Th Abilene area's first Ordovician pool discovery, Hal Hughes et al No. 1 Tom Pondexter, three miles norlh ot Opllu, was opened Wed- nesday afternoon for a one-hour gauge to flow 37 barrels Into tanks, ranking It as a promising producer. On a 21-hour basis of flow, the well would rate a potential of 888 barrels per day, but owners did not consider It as an official gauge. Tlie well, during Its one hour now, built up 120 pounds of back- pressure on the tubing as It was run Into tanks. The Hughes No. 1 Pondexter Is the first Ordovician producing well to be discovered between the East- land county Van Farmer pool and the Crane county Waddell area, dis- covered during the summer of 1931, Production is from a sandy lime, tentatively identified as the Simp- son, middle Ordovician, at feet. MASK WILDCAT The Haskcll county wildcat of Superior Oil Corporation of Tulsa, No. 1 Hendrick, cored yesterday be- low feet according to reports here. Previous reports that it had set a string of seven-inch casing above a showing of oil In the Palo Pinto lime remained unconfirmed, but the wildcat was known to be coring lover Canyon series. c Operators Jones it Stasney of Albany yesterday announced plans and letting of contract for the drill- ing of a Palo Pinto wildcat in south- western Throekmorton county, tentatively set on the J. A. Matthews ranch. IN LOS ANGELES AREA- Scores Die In West Flood Many Perish In Bridge Collapse Raging Torrents Engulf Big Sector Of Southern Cal LOS ANGELES, March score of persons were believed to have lost their lives today in the climax of a four-day storm that enveloped southern California to spread swirling flood waters over wide areas. Six were known to be dead, and Lone' Beach police estimated from seven to fifteen were hurled into the Pacific ocean shortly before dark- ness when a footbridge collapsed nt the mouth ot Los Angeles river. TH.REE RESCUED Other rtrownings at scattered points were reported tonight as rushing torrents tore away bridges, swept down streets into homes and stores and inundated numerous, populated sections, to fifteen "persons who were plunged Into the raging Los Angeles river from a 300-foot pedestrian bridge is they watched the swirling waters .were rescued tonight. Police at the coast city identified three of the missing persons as John Crolt, 50; P. E. Kay, 24. both .of Long Beach, and Lynn Stewart, '24, a visitor from New Yjrk. Eyewitnesses told varying stories of the number dropped Into the river when the center of (he bridge buckled and then dropped after pilings gave away. SHOT UP IN CEJVTER H, D. Mershon said there was a sharp warning crack and the crowd watching the river in Its race to the sea rushed for the approaches. Then the center of the span, which was 25 .feet wide, shot up Into the air and dropped. The victims were lost to sight immediately in the swirl- ing waters. A fourth missing man was identi- fied by William Munholland a sur- vivor, as Chuck Yount, a sailor from the battleship Arizona. were pitched into the flood waters and I saw Church go un- Munholland told police. "I FLOODS, Pf. 7, 2 Japs Claim Sino Losses Enormous SHANGHAI, March ncse boasted today that fleeing Chinese troops suffered at least 50.- 000 casualties In demoralized re- treat through Shansi province, forces toward Ihe Yellow river. The snow-blanketed, frozen bat- tle fields between Ungshlh and Unfen, along lhc railway running north and south through the heart of Shansi, were said to be littered wlih Chinese corpses. The Chinese, while admitting the Japanese were paying heavy price for victories. PRINCIPALS IN KIDNAPING M'Craw Tosses HaflnRaceAt Senate Hearing Big Gallery Hears Attorney General In Lengthy Quiz AUTIN, March General William McOraw flung his long-awaited announcement for governor today in the teeth of state senators who had been investigating him. Appearing voluntarily before the senate's general investigallng corn- mlttee, he said in effect that nil his juslness attains, state and private, were open to their inspection, then utilized the occasion to make for- mal announcement lor the governor- ship. HELD TWO HOURS 1'nat was not the only surprise at the well-altended hearing. Instead of letting McCraw go after he had made his brief statement, T. J. Hoi- brook of Galveston, dean of the Pictured above are Peter left, 12-year-old Hochelle, N. Y. boy believed, kidnaped, and his father, Murray. Levine, prosperous attorney. KIDNAPED YOUTH'S NOTE BEGS DAD TO PAY RANSOM MONEY Message Scrawled On Third Letter From Abductors; No Contact Made BV PAT McGRADV NEW ROCHELLE. N. Y.. March 2.-W-A noie in the schoolboy handwriting of 12-year-old kidnaped Peter Levine, begging "Dad1' to pav out the ransom demanded, turned up today as the father sadly con- tinued his fruitless efforts to communicate with the abductors. "Dear he wrote, "please give these men the monev. I have a bad cold. Peter." This, the boy's first known communication with his father was scrawled on the back of a third ran som letter, reported on good author- ity to have been found on a vacant lot adjoining the synagogue vif Rab- bi Abraham Nowak, and in its very restraint had a throat-catching quality. Rabbi Nowak first declined to discuss this latest ransom demand, which instructed the father, Mur- ray Levine, a fifth avenue New York lawyer, to drop n package of bank nolcs og 520, tmd denominations nt the base of a street light pole in New York City Bronx. But later the rabbi remarked significantly: "To the press my comment rnust be no comment." The note, wriltcn In capital letters on what seemed to have been a cheap toy dial typewriter, was found Monday, and despite passage of two days since, nothing was known of any successful con- tact, p.ist or prospective, between Ihe father and the kidnapers. Forgers Indicted WACO, March Mc- Ant mmc nuiuuung Hie Lennaii county grand jury today loss of more than 10 districts in Indicted Frank's. Garrett and Eddie Cooper on charges of forgery. Police --........__ Chief C. C. Maxcy said Garrctt hivrt disorganized. They declared the admitted forging approximately Sl.fOO in 17 Texas and two Mexico towns. New HE HAD TOO MANY Potential Frank Buck, 14, On Rabbit Hunt, Going Back Alive To Face Lubbock Principal Next lime the principal of Ihe Lubbock high school tells John A. Roberts Jr.. 14, lo bring his father to school for explanation of demer- its or not conic at ill, he win be more explicit. John decided lo BO hunl rabbits Instead, but Abilene pollca slopped him on Ihe Swcctwatcr highway about 8 o'clock last night. "If I hadn't stuck out niy thumb asking for a ride .those cops would never have John said last night. Reason for the trouble with the principal was 10 and a half demer- its slven for failure to turn In a hls- .ory notebook. Last night the clcnn-looklng fresh- man in high school mused, ".Wonder how long It will lake a man to come from Lubbock at 60 miles per hour." mis aflcr his falhcr had been notified by Abilene police via short wive radio. Might Sergeant Virsil Waldrop told the boy he would have his name In a story fn lhc morning edi- tion of the Reporter-News. "If the highway palrol boys see my dad on "Is way down here the paper will have R story on bolh of the qulck-tongiicd lad snld. The boy slnrlcd the trip at 1 p. m. yesterday with no money ond no baggngc oul.Mde of the .22 rltlf. "1 MS headed for Slephonrille to hunl John answered in reply as to where he had started, Easfex. Officer Slain By Gunman McKINNEY, March 2. Marion Taylor, McKlnney motor- cycle patrolman, was shot and killed here tonight by nn uniden- tified gunman who fired at him from the rear of a lasicab. The gunman escaped, but a large posse of officers, aided by blood- hounds. quickly gathered 'lo hunt him down. Taylor, about 32. spatted a Dal- las Uxicab in the southern part of McKinncy and followed it through town. He halted it on highway 75 north, and when he opened the door to question Us occupants, he was shot three times through the heart. The assnllnnt jumped from the machine and ran across a field of plowed ground toward railroad tracks cast of the highway It was believed possible lie was hid- ing In the bottoms of the Trinltv river's east fork. Taylor lived but a few minutes at a hospital. COMMANDEERED CAB Henry Lee Jackson, driver for the Nichols Bros. Cab Company of Dallas, said the gunman com- manjcered his car In Dallas, and with a sun at the driver's back ordered Jackson to drive north Jackson said that when they reached McKinncy, Taylor parently noticed his signals tratled Hie car. Taylor managed lo fire ap- and a before collapsing. A bullet shot hole was found In the right hand cor- ner 5f iile Tear ol ,lic cflb anrt officers said the taxi driver told l.icm Taylor had wounded the fugitive. To Ask Rangers S.VN ANTONIO, March Renewal of a pica that Texas ran- gers be sent to San Antonio to stop police from alleged Interference with the civil rights of pickets in the pecan shelters' strike is scheduled to be made before Guv. James V. Allrcd tomorrow, J. Austin Bcvley. CIO organizer and lender of the" strike forces, jald todaj-. AUSTIN, March The croud which attended the hearing of a senate invesllgat- int committee today anil heard Attorney General Mc- Craw testify was one of the largest lo ever witness kill- lative inquiry when the legisla- ture was not in session. senate and head of the Investigation. kept him there two hours to answer a variety of questions. Tile attorney general testified that Carl L. Estes, Longview pub- lished supporting him for governor, once paid ihe trade-in difference on a new automobile him. Estes also put up the trade-in difference of for an airplane which they own jointly, he said. The Longvlcw man, he explained. Is a "warm, personal friend." Asked if he thought it "good pub lie policy" to accept funds from friends, McCraw answered: "I anything wrong with it. Cart Estes has never direct- ly or Indirectly asked a favor of me, askcci an appointment or at- tempted to influence an opinion." LITTLE HEADWAY McCraw testified Tom C. Clark, Ills last law partner in private prac- tice, paid him as his share of the outstanding fees when they dissolved partnership but he had received no other moneys from Clark direcll yor indirectly. The committee made little If any headway in its attempt to look at records of the bank accounts of Clark and the former law firm of McCraw and Clark. "I have no objection to your in- specting the law firm Mc- said, "and Clark's relusal to permit you to do so Is embarrassing to me. But I no more control Clark than I control members of this com- mittee. Mrs. McCraw came with him to the hearing but the senators showed no inclination to question her. McCraw's brief .statement con- taining his announcement for gov- ernor was warmly applauded. "I'm not going to Walt on the blooming of the hs said. "The press may note lhat I expect to be a candidate for governor and you may be sure my candidacy won't be based on the shortcomings of some one else." KEFEKS TO WIFE McCraw spoke in a firm voice ex cept when he referred to his wife. "I brought my wife here this morning." he said huskily. "It's an embarming thing. But If you havi any questions to ask her, she's here Sec McCR.UV, Fs- Col. S KP Chancellor Is Heard By 400 Here Fraternal ism Jones' Subject- About 400 members of the Knight; of Pythias gathered in Abilene la.% night to an address by H. Jones of Los Angeles. Calif, supreme chancellor of the world talk on fraternalism. Grand Prelate Frank Smith pre- sided for the night. He announced that Gorman was the winner of percentage membership prize with 53 percent of its members In al tendance. Aflcr hearing the talk by Jones Ihe group went to North Fifth and Pine strecls, over Hicks Rubber company, where a meal was served by lhc Pythian Sisters. Roprcscnlalivo-s from as far off 275 miles were present at lust night's meelin. Towns represented and the number attending from each were: Throckmorlon 36; Balrd 17; Mineral Wells J; Comauchc 7; Gorman 23; Iowa Park 1; Wlchila Pulls 2; Port Worth 1; Wcathcrforrt 1; Waco 1; SUmford 7; Dcnlson 1; Cleburne nrownwoorl 28; Easlland 38; Brcck- enrldge 37; San Angelo 23. Abilene members were not registered. At Ihe tunqnct hall Ihe Harmony Hackers of Abilene Christian college entertained the group. SWEETWATER'S CHAMPS Expect Biggest Turnout Today Colleges, Public Schools To Join In Abilene Day Observance; Local And Visiting Bands To Augment Color Five-second bulldogging by McGinty, lightning fast arena artist from Plains, thrilled ipectators at last night's fourth performance of the West Texas Fair association's spring rodeo. McGinty dropped his steer in 6.6 seconds. The time was an unofficial all-southwest record, although 2.1 seconds short of ;he record of seconds set by Shorty Ricker of Ranger. FINAL SHOWS UPCOMING This and other sterling perform- ances flared into brilliancy as the world's finest group of cowboys went ibout re-enacting that favorite iport of the western Shown here ere the ffrand- chimplon.Hereford .steer and grandchsimpion South down wether'of the county boys' -livestock show, which set the pace in auc- tioning of the show animals at Sweetwater yesterday. At top is Kenneth Lewis, Nolan .county 4-H club boy, with his steer and the beauti- ful loving cup awarded his ani- mal. His Hereford sold to P. Athley of Sweetwater yes- terday for'a price of-36 cents per pound. John N. Simpson Jr., Sweet- rater 4-H club boy, Is the proud youngster In the lower picture, which auclKSaVto "S. of Sfceetwater for 8 cents a pound. The reserve champion Here- ford, shown by T. L. Carter Jr., of Roby, was. entered In the coming San Angelo show and did not sell. Planters Gin company of Hoby paid 36 cents a pound the grand cham- pion hog, shown by Marion Hughey "of Roby. Fifty calves sold, none under 10 cents. Out- side of the grand champion all hogs sold for S8.40. AIRLINER BELIEVED TO HAVE CRASHED AGAINST MOUNTAIN Darkness, Storm Interrupt Hunt After White Object, Lights Seen By The Associated Press FRESNO, Calif.. March and storm conditions tonlgh halted searchers for a missing airliner and its nine occupants shortly aftc the sighting of mystery lights arid n white object near fl mountalnsld! scar in the urea where the slojm-tattcred plane was sighted last night The scar, estimated by searchers a mile and a half distant as 200 fee long, was apparently gouged out of the mountainside 60 miles east of he Officers Hunt Keek's Slayer March "apprehension fund" to pay officers' personal expenses was started to- night as officers continued their search for the person or persons responsible for the bomb which ex- ploded yesterday, killing Louis A. Keck, 52-yc.ir-old Amariilo auto- mobile dealer. The reward was swelled to J1.275 as Amarlllo automobile dealers pooled to go with the S500 post- ed by Gov. James V. Allrcd and a similar amount by the Globe-News. Amarillo The Globe-News inaugurated the "apprehension fund" with a 550 do- nation, following expressions of sev- eral Amarlllo citizens that they would like to contribute toward the cost of the investigation. Officers worked on a theory to- day that i minor disagreement caused the planting of the bomb. The investigation shifted to Bor- Ber, where officers went without an- nouncing details. Officers theorized that Keck had an enemy who placed the bomb In the engine of the car or hired a thug to plant It. They considered a rumor an unidentified man was seen near the Keck gnragc on Ihe foggy night preceding the blast. A grand Jury Investigation pro- bably will be delayed until more In- formation on the cnje Is uncovered. District Attorney Bob Underwood said today as the jury reconvened. Sheriff BUI Adams, a personal friend of Keck, said officers had no clues that could b; anncvmcwl. but said, "this person will be tracked down." in the high Sierras. Unexplainei lights were in the vicinity of th mark and a white object, undistln gulshaWe in the gathering gloom lay at Us bottom. SEEN BY FARTY OF 20 Discovery of the "possible clu was reported by a party of 20 tha included newspapermen and tw employes of Transcontinental am Western Air. Inc., operators of the big silvery plane. Raging storm niters In th north fork of the San Joakuli river prevented the parly from crossing and approaching closer tc the objects, but nt daybreak thes planned to fight their way to the area. Search leaders here consider? the clue highly important pointing out it was In a direc line wilh tht- planes flight as re ported last nlsht by Mrs. c. G Landry. wife of a power company official who sslrt she saw the ship at las't night. Apparently. Mrs. Landrj' was tht See AIRI.r.VER. PS. T, Col. 2 Last night's crowd, largest of the show, was still shy of expectations the type of performance being presented in Abilene. Customers who went away from he gate last night singing praise of the exhibitions, were joined by the rodeo management and all Abilene business firms In urging the larff- ;st attendance today for the final ;wo shows. Never before has fair association presented a more en- program and they be- lieve no one should miss the show. Abilene today will be center of at- Iractton as the colleges and high school delegates go through the turnstiles for their first glimpse of the colorful rodeo, blanketed In the popular specialty acts. Local bands and those from neighboring towns are, expected to be on hand and Join the Hardin-Slmmons Cowboy band In presenting music at the evening See RODEO, ff. 7, Col Recovery Seen For Pershing TUCSON, March John J. Perching, who boasted shool showed so much'Im- provement today his physicians, talk- ed of a protracted period of con- valescence and return to "a reason- able state of health." One ot the doctors, Lt. Col. S. tr. was ordered here by the war department February 22, announced plans to return by train tomorrow to his post at San Antonio Maj. Gen Herbert J. Brees, com- mander of the eighth corps area San Antonio, also made plans to Higher Wool Output Traceable To Texas WASHINGTON, March 2 The agricultural departmnet said to day a increase In 1937 shorn wool production In the United States over 1936 was largely attributable to an pound increase in Texas. Total 1937 shorn wool production was estimated at pounds compared with in 1936 and total production of shorn anc pulled wool at pound compared with in 1936. The Texas shorn wool production rose from pounds. to Ihe Weather VICIMTV: AIlll.KNK 1VKST TEXAS': nnd rrlday: colder Thursday and In wrath EAST TK.VAS: firtly rrtdaj; enldfr Thursday And In sonth fast portion Vrlday. r'mn SdLtheill wind on the- roatl. to northerly Tnan OKI.AIiOSIA: 1'air anil considerably eoMee Thursday: rrtday elondy an seamier. NK1V MV.MrO: Thursday Friday; Mfdrr portl niprralurc jc HDL'H temperatures lo I to4mj Prize Animals On Sale Today Aiblene, Merkel Boys Exhibit Top Lamb And Capon Champion animals of the annual West Texas Boys Livestock show will ;o on the auction block at 9 o'clock his morning, which Is final day of Ihe spring attraction. Attracting attention of buyers will be prize calves that were Judged Tuesday and the ribbon Iambs and hogs of yesterday's contest. Charles Carter of Abilene will conduct the sale. Chairman of the tales com- mittee is Lewis Ackers; he Is assist- ed by J. M. Hooks and C. M. Caldi well. Woodrow Griffith, Abilene voca. tlonal agriculture boy, showed a black-face lamb to grand champion honors of the lamb division and reserve champion was exhibited b) L. B. Gibson of Merkel. A. C. Bland Jr., of Merkel showed the champion capon. TUSCOIA BARROW WINS Eddie Sprinkle, Tuscola agricul- ture student, .won the grand cham- pionship of the fat barrow division with a Hampshire. Edward Rarthert, also of Tuscola, won the iwerVa; honors. 'by 7' M. B. Templeton, Hainlln agricul- ture teacher, judged'hogs. G. c. Moore of Content, Chester Collins- worth of Merkel, O. A, Faith of Bradshaw and D. C. Cox of Tuscola were in charge of the various divi- sions during Judging. Exhibitors of winning animals in the various classes follow: (Where not otherwise Indicated boys are PFA Fine weol L. B. Gib- son, Merkel; second, Matthew Shaf- fer, Bradshaw; third, Billy Richards Taylor county 4-H; fourth, Morris Patterson, Taylor county 4-H; fifth, See LIVESTOCK, Tf. 7, Col 5 Boy Given Passes-- His Dad Pendleton Roundup President Unannounced and wlihout re- cognition a bashful youth walked into the main rodeo office at ths fair grounds yesterday attemoon for passes. Now, it's not uncommon for per- sons of prominence to ask the spec- ial favor. But for a tousle-haired youth who was small for his 15 years, and a slranger to every mem- ber In the circle at the office well, It Just doesn't happen every- day. "I'm Michael Gorman and my father is Charles Gorman, presi- dent of the Pendleton he said with an accent that is forign to southerners. "My friends and I are stopping In your city and would like to see the rodeo tonight." Impressed by seriousness of the youth and his frankness as to the number in his party, T. N. Cars- well and Ruck Sibley immediately accommodated young Mike. "When I get back home, I'm sure going to tell people about this southern was the de- parting gesture of thanks by the youth. After leaving, his Identity was further established by cowboys who know Charles Gorman of Pendle- ton, Ore. ONE VETERAN LEFT IN COUNT Friends Note Anniversary Of Gen. Miller's Death Not a few persons will pause at their labors today. They'll sjxml a moment in silent trlbulc. particularly If they are sons and daughters of Ihe Old South or If they are mindful of Abllene's early history. It Is the first anniversary of Gen R. A. Miller's death. General Miller was a Confsrednte veteran and one of the county's early-day builders. When he died last March 3. hLs 89Ih birthday was only two days away. The anniver- sary was one with double signifi- S also was date of his arrival In Abilene when "there was nothing in the town but tents and nifsqultc trees, and every other tent was a saloon or gambling hall." Today will recall the most polgji- ant memories, perhaps, to 88-year- old Charles H. Foote. He is Taylor county's last surviving veteran of the War Between the Stales. lives with his daughter, Mrs. Roy Granl, at 174 Merchant street. The lone remaining veteran is himself an early resident of West Texas. Abilene has been his home since 1931, when he moved here from Haskell. Poolc first came to Texas in 1903, when he moved with his family from Alabama. They set- tled near Stamford, then shlfled, to Old Haskell. As Is his custom, he retired early last night. Today, fully recovered from mild Illness of several weeks ago. he will be up and about with habitual vigor. He is the last of this county's southern warriors, although rolls of the Tom Green camp of the United Confederate veterans once contain- ed upwards of 165 names. The camp was organized more than 25 years ago. General Miller once was com- mander of the Tom Green camp, and on him was conferred every honor Texas Confederate veterans were empowered to give.   

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