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   Abilene Reporter-News, The (Newspaper) - June 12, 1938, Abilene, Texas                               WESTJEXAS' VOL LVIII, NO. 15. "WITHOUT, OR WITH OFFENSE TO FRIENDS OR FOES, WE SKETCH YOUR WORLD EXACTLY AS IT ABILENE, TEXAS. SUNDAY MORNING, JUNE 12, 1938. THIRTY-TWO PAGES IN THREE SECTIONS. PRICE 5 GENTS REPLACING STORM'S RAVAGES- Clyde, Joined By Neighbors, Cares For Needy STURDY THREE-YEAR-OLD, HERO OF CLYDE'S DARKEST HOURS, SAVES INFANT BROTHER IN DEBACLE By MATJRINE EASTUS ROE A tear for Clyde's orphans of the a medal of heroism for three-year-old Donald Rutledge who asks In bewildered tones for "Mother" and "Daddy" while his Infant brother, Daryl, coos "or cries as other babes do. For nearly two hours after a twister cut through the Clyde area Friday. night, leaving death and debris In Its wake, the life of little Daryl literally was held In Donald's chubby left hand. The two were found in a barrow ditch of swiftly rising red water, the three-year-old holding the Infant's head above the current's level. Par across nn 80-acre wheatfleld, swept as clean as a well scrubbed CAREER ENDED floor, lay the bodies of the chil- dren's parents, Mr. and Mrs. Jess Rutledge; an uncle, 28-year-old James Harris Johnson; and a neigh- bor, Melvin Knlffen. They had hoped to reach the safety of a storm cellar before the twister swept across the path of their automo- biles. That hope was in the little storm orphans remain. Sorrow, thrilled, amazed a thou- sand tongues repeat the story. Child Donald's heroism Is re- garded as something touching on things mere man cannot explain; how he could have known to cling to his baby brother and how. he kept up the strength to hold on is little short of miraculous, Today, he Is Clyde's unanimous choice for la medal of heart-gripping heroism. I Perhaps, w. E. (Red) George who found the babes In the water, has best explained It, "It. was more than that little boy Just holding he said in hushed tone. George, repairman for the South- western Bell Telephone company, and two crew members, R. Z. Ian- drum and W. s. Ltwson were cheek- Ing damage to American Telegraph and Telephone company lines. They found 19 key lines down. But that war little In comparison to the dis- covery they made on a lane four miles northwest of Clyde. Through the mud and slush, around felled trees and wind- whirled rubbhh, they waded, flash- lights cuttings through the pltchy- dark night. The storm cloud stUl obscured the moon. The telephone men were trying to detect aluminum pole numbers. Landrum's light picked up a round little head In the roadside ditch. With a cry, he Inadvertently swept the flash upward. Then George's light moved one small head, but two; two babies were in the water. "There was a little boy looking up at me. He was braced on his knee, his left and band hold- Ing up an infant's head. The water was even with the baby's head, nearly even with Its mouth. The little one had apparently been on Its face; It cried when the light flashed In Its George ex- plained. "We lifted them up. The baby had on only a was a deathly cold. I striped off a short and svtat shirt and wrapped lilin up. The little boy had on a little blouse, thoroughly wet. "We had to walk a half-mile back to a car, taking otf more clothing to warm the children as we went along. We found a farmer to drive Into town. With the little boy on one arm, I started massag- ing the baby with my free hand. As I rubbed him, water came out of his nose. "When we reached a point where a highway patrolman was station- ed, I asked him to tell us the way to reach a doctor. He took just EFFECTING COMPROMISE- one peep at those two little ones in my arms. Jumped on the hood of the car and cleared the way to the drug store. "I carried the children, In back Into a dressing station In the back of the store. There something hap- pened to me. The little boy clung to my neck. He didn't want to turn me loose. There I with the baby on one arm too "Red" almost choked at this point; he like many others had been moved by the young heroism of (he night. Four farmers had failed to Iden- tify the storm children as the tele- phone men had carried them to the automobile. But Dr. J. D. Bailey, who had officiated at their advent South Gains Flexible Wages Bill BRADFORD KNAPP Death Claims Tech Presjdenl Leader In Farm, Education Dies-'- Of Heart Attack LTJBBOCK, June 11. Bradford Knapp, 67, president of Texas Technological college and outstanding in agricultural educa- tion circles, died today of heart di- sease. The- educator had besn In 111 health several He was the son of the late Dr. Seaman A. Knapp, known as the "father of extension work'' in the United States. Dr. Knapp became president of. Texas Technological college in.1932, when he resigned the presidency of Alabama Polytechnic Institute Auburn, where he had been chief executtvj four years. Previously, he had been president of Oklahoma A. and M college at attllwater from 1523 to 1923, and dean of the college of agriculture at the University of Arkansas. He was associated with his father several years In agricultural work in the south. He served as assistant to his father during the elder Knapp's service as special agent in farmers' co-operative de- monstration work in the bureau plant industry of the United States Department ot Agriculture from 1S09 to 1911. Dr. Knapp was the second presi- dent of Texas Tech, Dr. Paul W. Horn having served in that capacity from the opening of the college In 1925 until his death in 1S32. Mrs. Knapp and live children survive. They are: Dewitt Knapp of Lubbock: Dr. Roger Knapp of New Orleans; Bradford Knapp Jr. Of Washington; Mrs. Irvln Hurst of Oklahoma City and Virginia Knapp. a senior in Texas Tech. Fimcral services will be held at 10 o'clock Monday morning. Measure Goes To House Nexl Opposition Threat Of Filibustering Appears Fading WASHINGTON, June 'A thoroughly compromised wage- hour bill. Including pay differen- tials within a given industry', re- ceived unanimous approval of a Joint congressional committee to- day. Chairman Thomas (D-Utah) said conferees would draft a formal re- port tomorrow, so It could be taken up In the house Monday. Advocates predicted the bill would be approv- ed quickly and sent to the senate, esrly In the week. WOULD NAME BOARDS A filibuster threat" by Southern who.'fought, for a geo- graphical appear- ed eliminated by the compromise. committee, capitulating to Senators Ellender CD-La) and Pep- per in the wage section, clause that went far toward meeting the Southern- ers' objective of lower wage rates In the South than in industrial North. Under this section, boards set up for each industry will be empower- ed to classify the units of that in- dustry as to size and other factors and set a varying scale of minimum wages which each classification must pay. In arriving at these minima the boards will not be permitted to fix the pay rate solely on the geo- graphical basis, but must consider also transportation costs, prevailing wages, taxes, operating costs and other economic factors. BEDROCK K CENTS There were hints the American federation of Labor might not be agreeable to the wage section and might provoke a fight on It later. The wage controversy In the com- mittee was settled by an agreement on the followlns formula: A "bedrock" wage of 25 cents an hour in aU Interstate commerce, effective the first year and advanc- ing to 30 cents the second. Thereafter an adminislrator In the labor department would appoint boards for each interstate Industry to Increase the minimum wage to 40 cents an hour as rapidly as pos- sible. The boards would classify each WAC.E-HOUU, Tf. 16, Col. 4. Mayor Of Baird Asks People To Help BAIRD. June the of- fice of Mayor H. Schwartz today came a proclamation urging that tlicvcitlzcns of Baird do everything In their power to relieve suffering In Clyde. A relief fund is being raised and nil persons arc asfeed to contribute something to the fund. CANDIDATES HEED PROBLEMS OF FARM, RANCH ON STUMP; Ballot Takes Shape; Demo Committee To Pass On And Certify Tomorrow By HOWARD C. MARSHALL his r Period ln Texas politics Opening his campaign at Corslcana, James A.' Ferguson, a cousin of former Gov. James E. Ferguson, advocated state and federal cooperation In selling tenant farmers homes on easy terms. Points in the lower valley of the Rio Grande William McCraw said that if elected he would call farmers and ranch- men to the council bible to work out a program of betterment for rural China Shuts Door To Jap Embassy TOKYO, June Chi- nese embassy was formally closed loday, nearly a year after the start of the Chinese-'Jnpancse conflict, and Y. C. Yang, charge d'affaires, and his staff of nine left for China. Yang described the closing of the embassy as "merely a temporary suspension of business." China': ambassador to Tokyo, Hsu Shih Ylng. was recalled January 20. Tadahisa Makudalra. forme Japanese counsel general at Han kow, who left there hastily last Au gust, was on hand lo bid Van goodbye. Speaking at Harllngen, Karl Crowley said politics was destroying the prof its of fruit and produce growers arid advocated greater taxes on "for- eign monopolies" tc make available loans to fftrmers at. low Interest. SlLT TO OJJEff jfjJfiiVE O.-Tnompion, cirrying-Ms campaign to Coleman and Santa Anna, likewise discussed agricultural problems, citing tht part he a' member of the railroad com- mission in obtaining reduced freight t.'.tei on feed for drouth stricken areas. At Brenham, Tom F. Hunter said could be whacked off expenses of state government, large- ly through eliminating useless branches. Thomas Self coupled an announce- ment he would open at his home tjwn of Crockett Monday with a declaration he would favor abolition of state elective officers except the Governor, would appoint a cab- inet. Another' campaign opening also wiii take place Monday in Waco, that of W. Lee O'Daniel'Fort Worth ilour mercnant. The ten command- ments constitute his announced platform. P. D. Rcnfro of Beaumont, who stressing the need of a business pclnilnistration and economy In gov- ernment, moved Dallas after "working" Lufkin, Jacksonville and oxher East Texas towns earlier in me week. BALLOT TAKES FORM Clarence E. Farmer of Fort Worth :cld voters at Dentcn it was Texas' cuty to provide full pensions for all ever 65 and also care for dependent cUldren and needj blind as "de- manded by the people The past week assumed unusual because it witnessed the nearly-final shaping of the state bal- 'c.t for the first democratic primary July 33 and the people obtained a clearer lineup. The ballot will be finally passed upon and certified to counties by the state democratic executive com- mittee meeting here neit Monday. Fifty-seven had applied for places upon It, including 14 seeking the A protest against listing as a can- eavcrnorshlp when the deadline for filing passed last Monday (lldatc for governor B Dallas garage 's rperator who originally filed as city limits when he heard the roar dent antt J- c- and clatter of the storm on the chambe scene. He found Joe Ross, 17, with Droadcast over a seven-station hook- severe head cut and leg injuries up- beginning at 1 p. m. Visitors and listeners will be carried to 10 exhibits, each sponsored by a WTCC district, to tell the story of a major view of the candidates' brought by Everett L. Looney of Austin, a member of the commlt- I- tee. and Mjron G. Blalock of Mar- 1- than, committee chairman, has sum- times. This has been found to been an entltely incorrect im- "Bo pression. The doctors were aided ig moncd Thompson to show why the by their wives and the nurses and protest should not be sustained. I kept constant vigil over the boy. Baird Scene Of Fight for lives Doctor Exhausted By Valiant Fight For DeSpain Boy Out of the storm area Itself, but just as absorbed in the frantic ef- fort lo save lives of the injured of the Clyde tornado disaster was a group of doctors and nurses in Baird hospital Friday night. R. L. Hurst, Abilene, was driving toward Baird, leaving Woodul, Heard Accept WTCC Speech Bids Regional Chamber Set For Dedication Rites Wednesday Lieutenant Governor Waller Woodul and M. E. Heard of Lub- bock, head of the textile depart- ment at Texas Tech, yesterday ac- cepted Invitations to speak on pro- grams for formal opening and dedi- cation Wednesday of trie West Texr as chamber, of commerce head- quarters, building and resource museum institute here Wednesday, of the additional .speakers..were, announced by D.'-'A: 'Bandeen, WTCC 'manager, who sato all details for the" day's activities are being completed. RADIO HOOKUP Woodul will represent the stafe of Texas as speaker on the dedica- tion program at p. m. Heard will speak at a meeting of the agri- cultural board at 9 a. m. He will tell about recent conference of Tex- as representatives with federal of- ficials in Washington on plans for establishment of a federal agricul- tural research laboratory. Other speakers on the dedication program will be Mayor W. W. Hair, Abilene; Milburn McCarty, East- land; Ray Nichols, Vemon; H. S. into this recognized them Immediately. "Their parents are Mr. and Mrs. Jess he said softly. "I 'borned' both these children." The alarm that had flecked his eyes before he turned them away from the curious crowd touched off a spark. "Where art the mother Searchers were off, pushing northward over slippery roads. Frantically they pushed the ma- chines through mud holes which were too tenacious to allow the cars to pass on on their own power. Beams of flashlights again cut See CHILD HERO, ft. II, Col. J. the Clyde Hilburn, Plainvlew, WTCC presi- dent and J. c. Hunter, president of opposite side of town. He turned his car and dashed back to the He pulled Jimmy Joe's 8- brother, from a barbed wire fence. His eyes were closed by severe bruises. He took William Dane DeSpain, six, found nearby, and carried him to Baird with the Ross boys in his car. The" DeSpain child had a two- Inch piece of wood driven into his head. Although his condition was hopeless, R. L. Grtggs, Dr. Ray Cockrell. Mrs. Origgs, Mrs. Cock- rell and four nurses, with Hurst assisting worked over the little boy until he died at a. m. A lea- rn inutes later, Hurst related yes- terday, Dr. Qriggs, with several other injured in his hospital besides those brought in by Hurst, collapsed from exhaustion after hours of frantic efforts in behalf of the suffering. He revived short- ly but was thoroughly fatigued. Trie DcSpaln boy was the first placed op the operating table when me Injured reached the hospital. A riuantlty ot glucose was administered U> ease the child's pain While oth- ers attended the bny's parents, the Hoss boys and otheri Dr. Griggs worked with the most seriously hurt, '.he DcSpairi boy. At least one meni- of the staff was with him through thu hours until he died. In an article in the Saturday mc.ining Issue of the Rr-porter-News f e o e r-porer-ews emetl v a statement incorrectly Inferred that hv _, War Fought, War EDEN REBUKES GREAT BRITAIN'S 'APPEASEMENT' REGIME By the Associated Press Anthony Eden, the man who b.ilkcd at dealing wilh dictators, last night rebuked Orrat Britain's "appeasement" government ss Czechoslovakia and warring Spain held Europe's attention as danger ipots. Meanwhile In China's contllct, Japnn launched she announc- ed was "general attack" upon Hankow, a provisional seat of Senerallsslmo Chiang Kai-Shek's Chinese government. Eden more forcefully at Uamingtop than it my time since he quit the cabinet February 20 In protest against Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain's "realistic" foreign policy. Eden demanded a "clear stand" against nail-fascist power politics. He said "retreat Is not always the path of and "true friend- ship" with other nations cannot be built on foundations like "disre- gard of engagements, merciless bombings of open towns and delib- erate sinking of British merchant ships." This was 'ikon as a thinly-veiled slap Chamberlain's for an understanding with Germany and Italy at time when many think Germany and Italian planes are the backbone of the Spanish air raid campaign and Adolf Hitler is determined to cow Czechoslovak- la into submission. The climax In the explosive Issue between Czechoslovakia and her minority of Sudeten Germans may come soon. A Sudeten German party com- munlqne declared the government's drift of the proposed nationalities statute was expected lo be received nest week. Today Cicchoslovakia will hold the third and last of a scries of municipal elections expected to give an Index to the strength of the Sudeten Germans. The situation in Czechoslovakia admittedly was potentially danger- ous but it was believed not nearly as menacing as It was three weeks ago when Britain threw her whole diplomatic weight in Ihe path of what many believed to be a Hitler plan to march Into Czccohslovakla. ler of commerce. The dedicatory services will fol- low a radio tour of West Texas to West Texas resource CLIXE TO LEAD OFF Exhibits will be explained by the district directors after gen- eral explanallon of the entire ex- hibit plan has been made by Wal- ter D. Cllne, Wichita Falls, chair- man of the WTCC resource board. Max Bentley, Abilene, chairman of the editorial board, will be master of ceremonies and announcer. Stations who will carry the tour and dedication programs are See WTCC, Pf. IS, Col. i. Wool Sale Is Recorded SWEETWATER, June of pounds of wool to E. O. Oglesby of Hills and Oglcsby, Bos- ton, was reported today by Ollte Cox of Central Wool and Mohair company. Sweetwater. Porly thousand pounds were sold for 19 cents per pound and the rest for 15, 16 and 17 cents. Cox said. Cox said that approximately 400 COO pounds of wool had been sold by the company this season, still on hand Is 450.000 pounds. A government grader is due in Sn-eetwater Monday morning, the manager added. The Weather xftpt fitrtmf part (on (rx "I pmrllj elflBdy. NEMro: nK I" fit jfifrr A'l HOIR 1 ei is st M Mivl lowrM Sun.cl IQKrt lflv, J.IJ. Search Fails fo Disclose More Bodies Donations Pour In To Assist In Task Of Rehabilitation June oration of the storm tortured town of Clyde began in .earnest today as citizens and emergency agencies co- operated in a survey to determine he need. Another thorough search of wreckage failed to reveal more dead and the official count remained at 12 persons late tonight. Red Cross officials reported 20 homes had been destroyed and an estimated 100 homeless would need aid from relief agencies. A dozen were badly injured, two critically. LITTLE INSURANCE The survey made by relief com- mission here revealed property loss represented by destruction of homes would amount to Previous estimates had placed it u high as Of the 20 homes destroyed, only three, carried windstorm insurance, amounting to Heaviest loss of the storm was to Earl slater, whose eight-room frame residence valued at was destroyed. carried Insurance. List of the homes irreparably de- stroyed by the wind, according to the relief commission, was: J. E. Bagwell, D. P. Rawling, R. B. Men- ga; E. B. Rogers, J. B. Easterllng, T. H. Dlx, Mrs. J. T. Bledsoe, Dale Mtzhugh, T. J. Dockery, E. G. Con- lee, M. E.'Sullivan, T. W. Brlscoe, J. E. Graham, Mrs. Margaret Ross, Ward DeBpaln, O. G. South, Earl Slater, and Mrs. Etta Payne. RED CROSS IN LEAD Robert T. Bridges disaster relief director for- the -and Orphans pi tht Clyde tor- nado', and the. outstanding hero, are showni here. Donald Rutledge, who will be three June 16, Is holding his month s-old whose life he It or not. The picture was taken yesterday morning at Ihe home of' their grandparents, Mr! and MTS.-R. 'J. Johnson. Rainy Gale Does Stanton Damage Five-Inch Deluge Foils In Half Hour; Similar Storm Strikes At Stamford of "companhd by five Inches ii damaged considerable property here to- night No casualties were reported. telephone communication was cut off The wind, blowing straight, tore down telephone poles for approximately three-quarters of a mile. Porches were blown off, garages and bams overturned and small houses moved. The highway west of town was under water Melvin Haynle, former Abilenlan who took charge of a fllllne ata- tlon today on the east tide of town, watched the front of his business Five Lose Lives In Plane Crash WORLAND. Wyo, June men and a woman were killed (oday when a plane piloted by William O. Brashaw, 34, Seattle, crashed on a farm near Worland, In North Central Wyoming. The dead in addition to were: Helen Brallus. Ren ton, W.ish., WM traveling wilh Bashaw. Lloyd Paris, 28, Worland pi- lot. Wesley Bird, Spokane, Wash. W. B. Bledsor, Falls, KM. Sheriff John Nicola said reoorls from witnesses to the crash indi- cated the plane's motor failed and caused it to go Into a. nose dive and crash onto a cellar on the farm of charios Cavanaugh at the edge of Worland about 5 p. m. (Central StanAaro Time.) "The plane after taking off from the airport here circled over town, and as It passed over the poslofflce the motor sputtered and the ship went into its the sheriff said. The plane was flying at an alti- tude of about 300 feet at the time. When it went out of control Ba- shaw cut off the switch to the mo- tor. Sheriff Nicola said. The plane did not catch fire after it crashed. Dr. L. S. Andrews WashiVle county coroner, said bodies would be held here for relatives. He had not j'et made plans for an Imjupst. Airport attendants said Bashaw and his companions planned only a jhort over Uie city. hcuse blow away. The wind came ;n from the south, ciicled around the town and then If ft, headed west. Most of the population in the Martin county seat were Indoors sr.d this probably saved several lives. At 10 o'clock tonight a sandstorm wis tilowirii at Midland, just west of here. The Big Spring Herald reported a three -Inch rain fell In that city. Water was running over the Texas J: Pacific railroad tracks, bat agents izld It would drain ofl in three or four hours. At Palrvlew, 10 miles north of Big Spring, the wind blew a wall from the school building, damaged the school gymnasium and turned over several barns In' that vicinity. None was injured. Hospital In Dark Several Hours STAMFORD. June (SpU Stamford hospital was thrown into nsrkncss several hours tonight as a heavy rain windstorm swept the cltj. Rome ol Dr. Ike Hudson, across ihe street from the hupltal, was c'lmaged slightly by fire starting ftom an electric line v.Ich had been blown down Plate glass windows were blown frvm three down lorn stores and ncrchandirc was damaged by the driving rain. Nurses i' Stamford hospital filled P.orence Nightingale lotes, doing Uelr work wltli tht aid of candles. CvmpllcaUtms were caused by the ;ivct that five newly bom babies were >n the hospital. The stoim descended at At 10 ocljck 'incsmcn were st'll working on electrical lines in attempt to restore light to the hos- There were no Injuries reported. c- of the Red Cross? from Isn.Anielo, and Kithryn roe .of the national staff .from'Sr.-; Loais arrive ..Sunday about noori. Both will assist in caring for the homeless and helping them re- construet homes.- -Early today members ,of the Red Cross and citizens of Clyde1 met in the office of Mayor John W. Rob- bins organized the relief com- afeiion. The Rev. T. s. Tierce will have charge of arranging housing for homeless and P. S. Steen will handle clothing turned into the headquarters for distribution. Members of the committee to ar- range for feeding the 100 victims are John Harris, C. M. Peek, Ralph South, and Louis cnitchfield. E. G. Hampton, Charles Conley, Homer Kenard and H. G. Broadfoot will handle medical cases. To take charge of burial of victims, R. B. Campbell and H. K. Taylor were se- lected. DONATIONS MADE More than J200 was donated in Clyde today to care for needy, and from Abilene and close by-towns came more than in contribu- tions to relieve suffering. Clyde citizens untouched by the storm were doing everything in their power to help friends and rel- atives. All of the homeless were lodged In homes in the city last night without trouble. So profuse were the offers of houses that the commission was forced to turn down some. A ten- tative plan ot the commission to See DISASTER, Tf. IS, Col. Z. Legionnaires Open Coleman Session Dance Tops Off First-Day Events COLEMAN, June II. First day of the weekend conven- tion of American legionnaires from over the large 21st district offered as its top attraction this evening a parade of several sections through downtown Coleman. In the line of march were the. Coleman, Santa Anna, and Junc- tion bands; members of the legion; Sons of the Legion; Spanish-Am- erican war veterans; members of tbe DAR; and members ot the Coleman Rodeo asoclatlcn. More than 100 legionnaires had gathered here this afternoon, and attendance of members and their wives Is expected to reach 300 by Sundav noon. Registration began today, at 10 a.m.; at pm. there was >n address by Col. Ernest O. Thomp- son: a band concert was heard at and the final event on the opening day program, a dance, wu held starting at 9 o'clock. Thompson an audience of about SOO' "When I am your "gov- ernor, I am going to cut espeiuej my first term whether I am re- elected or no." Legion committee meetings and church services are scheduled Sun- day morning; on the Sunday after- noon slate are a business session tad meeting of the auxiliary.   

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