Abilene Reporter News, June 19, 1938

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June 19, 1938

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Abilene Reporter-News, The (Newspaper) - June 19, 1938, Abilene, Texas 1 Fifth Of State 'Undecided', Dark Horse Vote May Elect Governor (Editor's Note: is first of three pre-prlmary polls in the governor's race, conducted by thU and cooperating newspapers widely scattered over Texts, Otrieri will follow July S July 11.) JtM) By RAYMOND BROOKS AUSTIN, June has dirk-horse as as dark- horse of them to decide the governor's race In July. Daring the past week, ts the campaign shifted from apathy to fervor, the outstanding disclosure of i check in many sections was that, with the talk, at least a fifth of the voters have hot made up their minds, That represents a bloc of around voters, and highly significant factor In Ihe outcome July A straw poll, made by number of cooperating newspapers, dealing with the governor's race only, been evaluated to the basis of 10 per cent o( the expected vote In each It represnts a basis of bal- 1 per cent of in expected votes in the primary. 1 I .1 Before the result li outlined, this important qualification is nude clear. The pell covers neither the rural sections nor any of the five big- gest cities of Texas. It was limited to the areas of the In-between-size cities such as Waco, Port Arthur, Austin, Wichita Falls, so as to strike a balance beween the two extremes, and so the returns ?ould be comparable. The result has been that the home-town strength of Tom Hunter at Wichita Falls may run somewhat disproportionately high. The home-county strength of Mayor P. D, Renfro of tile Jefferson county poll list as a whole was unduly high as a basis for slate-wide estimation. To the figures: Old man Undecided Voter has a firm grip on second place. Where he goes will be mighty Important in July. William McCraw Is reflected slightly ahead. Ernest Thompson Is Indicated about 6 per cent behind him. Surprisingly bunched close up with Thompson in these returns, Lee O'Daniel and Tom Hunter, with Ihe new runner, 'O'Daniel, less than one-half of one per cent ahead of the veteran campaigner from Wichita Falls. Karl Crowlcy, (he federal flash, was far back clown the stretch, with an inmcated 2 votes out of the 100. Renfro of Beaumont was running about 4 to the hundred. Clarence Farmer, the Fort Worth big-pension man, was Indicated with less than one vote out of the 100 sampled In Ihls state poll. His home strength at Fort Worth may cave him from an utter whitewash. Hunter's big bundle ol votes was from the five-county Wichita Falls area, when he was high with O'Daniel Just below him, Krnest Thompson crowding O'Danlel, McCraw with two-thirds' Thompson's ratio, and the number of "undecided" voles much lower In percentage than in other places. As was to be expected, Thompson held a substantial "first place" lead In the Panhandle and Plains area, with the Hillbilly bandman trailing McCraw for second place, and Hunter not far behind O'Daniel. Elsewhere, McCraw stood in front, all the way from a fractional per- centage to the Impressive record In the McLennan county area where ha was the choice of 60.3 per cent of all the people polled. And the poll, there as elsewhere, was strictly taking the voters on a hit-and-miss basis, with no opportunity for any campaign worker to rig .the results. In that area, where the poll was taken Immediately after O'Daniel's Waco speech, O'Daniel held a narrow lead over Thompson. Out of votes polled, 135 hadn't made up their minds. Fifty-four said they were for Tom Hunter. Obviously, so limited a poll cannot be accurate for the entire state as an index of the total votes, and It Is not so represented. Further, the undecided vote indicates possible extensive realignment. Counter- currents of rural and big-city vote will affect the actual ballot. But. on the theory that these ballots approximate the voters" response o! 1 per cent of the electorate, as It stands now, Ihe stak-wide See POLITICS, Fj. 2, Col. 2 WIST TEXAS' OWM NEWSPAPER Wtyt Abilene Reporter "WITHOUT, OR WITH OFFENSE TO FRIENDS OR FOES, W E SKETCH YOUR WORLD EXACTLY AS fT VOL LVIH, NO. 22. ABILENE, TEXAS. SUNDAY MORNING, JUNE 19, 1938 THIRTY-SIX PAGES IN THREE SECTIONS. PRICE 5 CENTS EXTENDING OVER ALL GERMANY- Mob Violence Enforces New Nazi Purge Of Jews 'EVERYBODY WORKS BUT FATHER' RELEGATED TO LIMBO TODAY-IT'S FATHERS' DAY By MAURINE HOE Uke father, like son I What a tribute on any day, par- ticularly on Fathers' Day. What more tribute could a proud father ask than that his son, or sons, fol- low In his footsteps? Father's Day. like Mother-in-law day made famous by Amarlllo's Gene Howe, had its origin In a seri- ous effort to erase jests at persons who. after all. are pretty nice people to hare around. It started in 1910, in Spokane, Wash., when Mrs. John Bruce Dodd decided that It was time to quit making a Joke out of father. The observance was her protest against such songs as "Everybdy Works But and "Father, Dear Father, Came Home with Me Now" which were enjoying a cer- tain popularity in that day. Just look around. i Doctor, lawyer, merchant, preach- er, baker, teacher, almost every profession and line of busi- ness sons in Abilene are paying their highest tributes to their fsthers. Some of those sons will be wear- Ing the white rose for their fathers who founded not only the business In which their boys are still carrying on but the city Itself. Yes, a red rose on the lapel for a father who is living; a white one for the father who is dead, is just as appropriate as the floral In- signias which have long been as- sociated with Mothers' Day. There are likewise some Abi- lene mothers who probably are happy over sons who have chosen to honor their fathers by stepping in at their side or into their shoes In business. In ihe medical profession: Like father, Uke son, there are many In Abilene. For 45 years, until his death in 1930, Dr. U W. Hollis, Sr., had ministered to the Ills of West Texans of this sec- tion. In 1913, his eldest son, Dr. L. W. Hollis. Jr., joined him in the profession; then his second son, a young lleutcntnt just out of the navy, completed his wort in medi- cine. It was rliht back in Abilene for Dr. Scott W. Hollis, too. The brothers still carry on. In fact, they are the third generation, their Grandfather Hollis having been a doctor In the Civil War days. Dr. Jack Estes Jr., is another. His father, Dr. J. M. Estes Sr., was killed in a California, automobile accident last October. But he had seen his son practicing since 1930, advising and working with htm; and likewise a dentist son. Dr. Bob Estes, practicing since 1933. The Kamseys, four out of five anyway, wear a Dr. on their names. Dr. H. H. Ramsey was E dentist a half century ago, going by buggy through the country from Fort Stockton to the Menard area to minister to his patients. He Is no longer active as a dentist, but two sons, Dr. M. T. Ramsey and Dr. David Ramsey, have their Abilene offices, and a third son, Dr. W. R. Ramsey, Is a physician and surgeon here. That fourth just didn't happen to make a doctor or dentist. Dr. W. B. Adamson's father Is a Set FATHERS' DAY, J, CoL 3. BECAUSE OF BITTER Three Tots Escape Poison Deaths Farmer Mixes, Drinks Potion Suicide Is Verdict In.Stroble Death Near Bj- HARRY HOLT (Staff Writer) BENJAMIN. June 18. Three children of Jullen 33-year old tenant farmer of the com- munity. 15 miles east of here, are nlive at their home because tlicy drank little of a bitter-tasting milk- shake prepared by Ihdr father. Ktrobln died an hour after he emptied one of the four' glasses filled with pir.k-lookinj milk, ac- cording to A. H. Sams. Justice of the peace, who returned a verdict of suicide. C'HILDnF.N RECOVER Funeral for the victim wns held at o'clock this morning In the Vera community. The Rev. Char- les Jarrelt, pastor of the Primitive Baptist church, officiated. -The children. Lola Jean. S. Joe Wayne, 4. and Cecil Jc.innei'e. 3. in a Seymour hospital, where they were rushed by Clifford RoberEon. They had complained of "lummy ache." The two smaller children recovered qulcklv. Lola Jcnn war; severely ill several hours According to County Attorney J. C. Patterson, one of the mvesiiga tors of the case, when the children complained of pains in the stor.mch, Stroble told his wife he had given them poison mid for her to gee help She rushed to ihe home of Ike Shlpman. an uncle of the vie tlm. R charter of a mi'e away to secure aid. That was shortly p.fter dusk Friday. Mrs. Blroble told officers she and her husband has been working In the field all day. She had been shocking feed and went lo drive In turkeys while Stroble went in to turn his teams loose. As the woman approached the house, the older daughter, suffering pain, ran lo her mother and complained. When questioned if she had eaten any- thing. Lola Jean said she hadn't, but said her daddy hRd given her milkshake.. Patterson related that Stroble first denied giving the children any- thing, then confessed giving the children poison and taking some himself. He then turned to the lot, .unharnessed his team, turned them to pasture and shut the gale, ac- cording to the county attorney. The body was found by Ike Shipman, 450 yards away from the house, face down. An unsigned note was found on the person of the victim by Sheriff Louis Cartwrlght and Deputy O. H. Capehart- The officers fald the note read as follows: "Lcl me lay where you find me." Stroble. a World War veteran, had lived in the Vcra community 35 years. Damaged Little By Rust WASHINGTON, June 18 m The agriculture department. In a report on the steam rust situation In the winter wheat belt, said today the Tcsas crop had not been greatly damaged' but that "con slderable" d_amage may be done the Kansas crop unless weather' condi- tions 'change. VACATION TIME AND SWIMMING DAYS ARE HERE AGAIN In Ihe good old summer time It's time to play. Vacation days can be as pleasant at home In West Texas as far away, and these two mermaids are just two of the hundreds who are making the most of recreation that Is at hand every day. That's jeanelle Green on the diving board; June Brahaney just descending in- to the water at the Abilene Country club pool. isn't it? The Reporter-News annual Vacation Section is In- cluded in this issue. Read it and learn how j'on can enjoy a vacation within a few minutes' or a few hours' drive. WPA PROPOSES PERMANENT PROGRAM OF AID FOR PUBLIC Agency Asks 'Integrated, Perfected' Effqrt For Insurance, Public Work nlnvmont 3mf WPA decided today the unem- i.V tJ, Problem 's a lasting one and can be coced with by nothing less than r permanent program of economic sccuritr The relief ayency In a survey, cxnlored the questions of technological employment. Industrial trenns. prices and waces. then concluded' stnele procram will eliminate 'he distress resulting from uncm- An Integradcd and perfected program of insurance public and public assistance' will be necessary. "Under such a program, unem- ployment Insurance could care for persons who their jobs for re- latively short periods of time. Per- sons unemployed for prolrac'ed periods would receive incomrs; work programs. The trost Cily To Invite Safety Parley At least three Abllenlans will so to Eastland Monday nlsht to n meeting of the board of directors of the Oil Belt Safety conference, when selection of a 1939 convcnlion city will be made. The group will meet ai o'clock. Going from here will be J. C. Watson, Wendell Bedlchek and S. M. Shclton. all membm of Ihe di- rectorate. D. G. Barrow, chair- man of the chamber of commerce, convention committee. sAld he would nicely atlend also. The Abllenlans will especially push Ihctr city's bid for the con- vention next year. Besides Abilene, Cisco. Mineral Wells, Graham and Hanger are asking for the conclave.. Revulsion Cuts Highway Deaths AUSTIN, June revulsion to ghastly tolls of violent death on the highways was credited by state police today for saving more than 250 lives in Texas the first five months of 1938. Traffic experts had forecast more than 900 accident deaths by Ihe end of May, basing figures on last year's carnage and the mathematical ra- tio of Increase. The "black a detailed rec- ord of accidents and their cause kept by stale police statlclans. showed a total of only 656 fatalities through May. a saving of 86 lives ns compared with the first five months of 1937. The May toil was 127. The work of various safety agen- cies together with almost inces- sant patrolling of "death corridors" high accident police also played a part in bringing about the reduction, police officials said, "But we should not permit our- selves to relax our vigilance on ac- count of the Police Director H. H. Carmlchael said. "There Is no excuse for the slaugh- ter of Innocent lives on the high- ways and streets, I urge renewed and increased caution, especially with Ihe Increased traiflc of sum- mer and the vacation period." April's toll of 92 was the lowest recorded this year in the "black book" while January, with 152 ranked highest. Electrocuted DALLAS, June J Brown. 31. of Dallas, was electro- cuted today when he came In con- tact with elcclric terminals of a switchboard at the Highland Park pumping Mutton. MerkelOilMan Killed In Crash Struck By Auto While Standing By Side Of Road SWEET-WATER, June (Spl.) W. Harris. 46, of Merkel, oil company employe, was killed in- starjtly in van automobile accident test of Trent, Just over the line In Nolan county'at la. "today. According to reports given the iheriff's department, Harris, travel- Ing east, had parked his automobile at the right, off the highway. He had crossed the road and was standing beside another car, headed west, said to have beer, irorri Good- An automobile driven by William L. Johnson of Abilene, traveling east, crashed Into the west bound car, killing Harris and demolishing both machines. (At Abilene it was learned that Johnson attributed the crash to tire blowout on his Occupants of both the wrecked atuos escaped injury. Harris1 body was brought to Sweetwater In a Yates ambulance. Funeral is to be held here tomor- row at p. m. at the Yates chap- el, with the Rev. E. D. Dimlap. pastor of the First Baptist church, officiating. The body then will be taken overland to San Angelo for burial. Harris was a resident of Merkel, but spent part of his time at Crane, where he was employed by the Phil lips Petroleum company. The Wealher ARtr.r.VC xnd YfclnUj: cTood) WKST TEXAS: TaHlr clowly. tvtrpl tndty; frobiblj roMlwts. ecoffr portion. EAST TEXAS: r.rtty MnnAfly. except and rool- rr [n NEW MEXICO: I-.rtly clondy It and .Xondiy. IhandrrtTioneri tn north- rrnlrjl portion Monday; LANDING GEAR LOCKS, PLANE IS'MAROONED' KANSAS CITY, June Naval Pilot Robert Slye, whose scout bomber carrying one passen- ger was "marooned" over an air- port for nearly four hours with a Jammed landing gear, landed his craft safely today wilhout Injury fo either occupant. The plane, both wheels pulled up out of the way, skidded along on the grass at Fairfax as it lost speed turned up sllghtly on.lts nose and came to a stop with- out serious damage. Pilot Srye previously'had dropped overboard an auxiliary gasoline tank which would have been a hazard in a pancake'landing. The plane circled above the air- port from shortly alter noon until nearly I o'clock as Slye wrestled with the one which would not snap Into place for.-a landing. OKLAHOMA: Ir rootfr In nortlmrsl porlln probably and BOHth rloady In HOin I Noon MldnlsM nnd lemprratarps 9f und 70: >1 Knd ;4. River Forces Japs'.ReJreat Delay Increases Heavy Drain On Tokyo War Fund June mighty Yellow river overflowing Its banks with Increas- ing fury, forced Ihe Japanese ar- mies on the north central front to retreat today. Invading forces which had been almost el the gates of Chengchow important Honan province railway Junction, in a powerful westward drive along the Lunghal railway were compelled to abandon newlj won territory and head baclc east- ward. The "no man's land" created by the great flood was widening stead- ily under continuing rains. Japanese milllary activities else- where along the Lunghil were stalemated by the devastating surge of wild water. Although China paid a terrific nrlce in casualties and flooded farmlands, she obtained from na- ture beneficial military results she was unable to win by arms. Every day's delay In the Japanese invasion Is seen as a measure of victory for the Chinese by increas- ing the- already staggering cost of war to Japan. (Experts In Tokyo recently estimated the Chinese war was costing Japan 55.000.000 a day. The flood, spreading over 1.600 square miles of Chlntse villages and farms, nevertheless has been costly to China. Japanese army of- ficials stated Chinese have been driven from their homes. Japanese estimates that Chinese have died in the floods were scaled doun by some mission- ary and other neulral observers. Secret Police Rout Families From Homes Gentiles Afraid To Sell Food As Camps Are Filled BERLIN, June merci- less official campaign against Jews, reinforced by mob action, was ex- ended to all Germany today by secret police orders. Jews were in panic. Foreign con- were besieged by men and women trying despairingly to get permission to go to other countries. CAN'T BTJY FOOD In Worms, famed as Martin .uther's home, Jews had difficulty getting food because Gentiles were afraid to to them. Eyewitnesses..-in Frankfurt said old respectable families were rout- ed from their beds and taken to police headquarters before dawn. Police officially, hitherto were confined to Berlin where they were called officially a drive' to- ''capture anti-social and criminal elements.1 Official estimates of the num- ber ares ted Jieport ted "licking, given theKcootrollei excepl td press first iirtc.e the renewed antl-semltic wave started June saying tft'o. raids in'TBerlin In the arrests of 460-Jews, of whom 76 were found to be "heavily in- 26 were "without na- and 51' were foreigners "without proper papers." POUKED INTO CAMPS Some observers believed, however that raids yesterday and today IK to 500 arrests, and that an estimate of f.OOO in, Berlin In the. last three weeks seemed reasonable. Besides were estimated under srres In the provinces. Official 'quarters insisted polici were looklny solely for "social and criminal elements." At EuehR'ald concentration camp near Weimar, it, was reported 6 army buses were arriving nlghtlj from Berlin, filled with Jews. Other centers sent smaller con (ingenls (o the camp. A reliable source declared he had seen a decree signed by Heydrich, aide of Secret Polic Chief Keinrlch HImmler, ordering a checxup on Jews throughou Greater Germany. BEATIXG ON STREET For the second successive nigh paint bucket squads applied thei brushes vigorously tonight to Jew Ish store and cafe fronts in bot the West and poor East ends Berlin. The huge red-lettered word "Jen was dabbed on windows and side walks. In some instances grotesque carl catures were drawn of Jews wit' their heads In a noose. The paint squads met no re slstance. One group was seen to admmlste a severe beating (0 a Jew o Frankfurter avenue In the Eas end. Callohan Bond Issue Cinched BAIRD. June teen of 18 boxes in Callahan coun ty returned a vote of 475 to 38 favoring Issuance of bonoj for a county-city hospital. Th box out is Caddo Peak, with a vot- ing strength of less than 12. Admiral voted 6 to n against. Uinham 11 lo 0 against. Atwclt H to 3 for. Hart 4 to 9 against, and Erath 3 to 1 against. YOUTHS SAVE WOMAN FROM WATERY DEATH Mrs. W. R. Trice, 2735 South 'Ifth, went under the waters of Lytle creek, north of the Bank- lead highway, twice yesterday aft- :rnoon but efforts of her son, Ern- st, 14, and his friend, victor West, 5, saved her from drowning. Mrs. Trice and the two boys were laving a race across the 12-foot creek. In the middle of the stream, klrs. Trice commented to an un- Jiown lad who was also swimming, "it is about eight feet deep ic re." t "Eight feet, nothlngl" the boy said. "It's 12 feet." Mrs. Trice became frightened and went to the bottom. When she :ame up Ernest and Victor, son oT' Mr. and Mrs. R. Q. West, 433 Sewell attempted to hold her up. She pushed both of them under. Finally Victor and Ernest and the other boy dragged the woman to a post that was about two feet under water. Mrs. Trice attempted to. stand, but fell back in the water and went under again. The three boys finally managed to pull her to the bant Trice said she was not un- conscious, but "if I had gone under once more I would have been." The boys applied artificial respiration; and she went shaken 'by the narrow escape of death. Dixie Witt also was in the party. Britain's Peace Hopes Clouded Chamberlain Finds New War, Finance Problems To Face By J. C. STARK LONDON, June Prob- lems of war and finance put new obstacles today in Great Britain's path toward friendship with Euro- pean Prime Minister Neville Chamber- lain was confronted with; demands from both right and left political factions for firmer resistance but for different reasons. The opposition charges Chamber- lain has acquiesced In the Italian- German propelled victory for In- surgent Generalissimo Francisco Franco In the Spanish civil war. London's financial center turned on pressure with prospects of suc- cess for a strong government stand against Germany to force her to pay off millions Britons Invested In Austrian internal loans. Germany's new drive against Jews, in which many were arrested, Jewish homes and gathering places were raided and boycotts of Jewish stores were stiffened and Ger- many's threatened repudiation of Austrian loans checked sentiment in conservative London quarters favoring a political settlement with the Hitler government one of the alms of Chamocrlain's policy. The Jewish purge In Berlin large- ly overshadowed another vital Cen- tral European problem, Czechoslo- vakia's troubles with autonomy- seeking minorities, especially the nazi-supported Sudeten German party of Konrad Henlein. Berlin kept the issue alive yeslcr- day and today by charging a fron- tier violation by a Czechoslovak air- plane, which Bavarians said flew four miles imo Germany while an occupant photographs of the border area. important faet Is ,hal unmnioy- j LOOK AT THE RECORD, KIDNAPER, AND THINK TW Statistics Show Risks Make Blood Money Least Profitable Of All Criminal Gains meiH relief can no longer be re- garded n.1 a temporary problem lo be treated on an emcrgenty bsris" The WPA experts said !h-; "lut- moded local relief of the pre-in- dustrial era'' was inadequate to meet the ihock of a major depres- sion. The siinty salj that in nJdition to Ihe of business cycles and technological Improvement on unemployment, the normal Increase of labor supply must be reckoned with. It estimated a 500.0M nrrnuil addition firm this latter rnrt fair! It was likely stich t> rale of in- crease would continue "for some time to come." By JOHN T.KAR NEW YORK. Jure a minute, kidnaper! Who or where you arc there Is no way telling, but police and the laws of chance say you are there and arc planning the next abduction. Why do you ris's the chance? For money, you say? That is what Franklin McCall Mid. The Franklin McCall who Is about to die for stealing little I Jimmy Cash at Princeton, Fla. He got the but how much was Franklin able to spend before they caught him Jiist five dollars for a little boy's life. Is it worth it, kidnaper? John Henry Scadhmd Is about to die for abducting Charles S. Ross in Chicago. Seadlund wanted money for a sood time, He got But how much fun did he have watching federal agents dig up M7.027 from where he had hidden it and seeing stolen from his automobile. He lost on the deal. Twenly-feven his own 15 days of trying to hide a helpless old man In the cniel north woods, for widowing an old lady, for a quick trip lo etcmlly. Suppose you did get away with Ihe ransom, kidnaper, what would you do with it before they caught up with you llhey have caught up wllh all but 3 of 117 kidnapers' and put you to death? Verne Sankcy got for kid- naping Charles Boettcher, of Den- ver. There was to JIS.OOO left when he saw the end of the trnil and hanged himself. He lost most of the rest gambling in Chl- eego's grain pits. But, you say, you have n system? 'Machine gun" Kclley's gang had a system to sell ransom money lo worth for or the rest. The liitle left to spend always turned Into a clue for the federal agents. Of the the gang collected for kidnapping Charles P. Urschel, S124.000 was recovered. The rest wasn'l much to divide Bmong such a big bunch of cronies and there had to be "cuts1' for lawyers 000 went to a single attorney) and money changers; ammunition and for guns hideouts; and for some such hide I See BLOOD MONEY, rj. I, CoL I, ;