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Abilene Reporter-News, The (Newspaper) - July 5, 1938, Abilene, Texas TEXAS' n NEWSPAPER VOL LVIII. NO. 37. "WITHOUT, OR OFFENSE TO FRffcNZ3S_ORTOESWE SKKIV11 YOUR WORLD EXACTLY AS ECLIPSING ALL ATTENDANCE MARKS- ABILENE, TEXAS. TUESDAY MORNING, JULY 5, 1938--TEN PAGES PR ICE 5 CENTS Stamford Reunion-Rodeo Draws Spectators 4 4 TUMBLING FROM FENDER- CM Dies Beneath Wheels Of Auto Accident Occurs At'Rail-Crossing Johnny Mae Gray Dead On Reaching Abilene Hospital Death dropped swiftly last night on a happy party of young people returning from a, ride to Abilene slate Johnny Mae Gray, Locust street, was tolled.almost iri- ftantly at a railroad crossing Just at the edge of Bubbalo Gap about 10 o'clock when she toppled from the lender ot the car on which she was riding. LOSES BALANCE, FALLS Ttiree couples had been to stale park "just to sec who all was out there." When they started back-the girl decided to ride on" the fender "where it was cooler." Another girl, Clolene Johnson, 601 Locust street (Climbed on the other fender. There were four other young peo- ple Inside (he coupe, Doris Johnson, Julius Hale, Dub Mason and W. T Hale, all of Abilene. As the car passed over the Santa Fe railway crossing at the edge of Buffalo Gap, the girl lost her bal- ance and fell forward, members of the party saW. The automobile struck her square- ly, and the front wheels passed over her body. LUNGS PUNCTURED She was placed in (he car of s passing motorCst, Delbcrt Webb, 1218 Cedar street, and rushed to Hend- rlck Memorial hospital. She was dead by the time they reached the hospital. Doctors said death was caused by -a lurig hemorrhage from fractured ribs puncturing her lungs She also suffered severe head lacerations and cuts and bruises over her body. Survivors are her mother, Mrs W. H. Gray; two slstfrs, Mrs. Lo- rene Swift and Alvalee Gray; three brothers, J. W. Gray, James Gray and Leroy Gray, all of Abilene The father is dead. The body was placed in care of Laughter Funeral homo. Leading By Two 'SWEET STUFF' WINS RATTLESNAKE DERBY NORTH LITTLE ROCK, Ark. July Stuff, using a combination shimmy and crawl, won Arkansas' first an- nual rattlesnake tierby tonight before several hundred goose- pimpled spectators. The five-foot, seven-rattle reptile, owned by Dr'. Frank R Sweet, North Little Rock phy- sician, came under the wire two -tongues and.tvj rattles.ahead .'of Bulldog, second place winner. Hav-a-Look finished third. Sweet Stuff negotiated the distance of 93 feet in mta- utes and 55 seconds. Bulldog, n six-foot banded rattler, was owned by Clyde Trlckey, 'North Little Rock Jun- ior high -school coach. Hav-a- Lcok was the entry of George W Pitman, North Little Rock manufacturer. Forty-seven rattlers partici- pated In Uje.nLQCxThey leased from a box in the center of a 500-foot ring by Druggist Joe K. Poch, originator of the Arkansas race. snakes were given a 000-volt electrical shock to speed their take off and the first to cross the outside of the racing ring was'declared the winner. "Knot-hole" seats along a nearby fence were the choice ones from which...to view the derby. Mercury Hits; Season's Peak Apparently In LClebratlon of July the temperature in Abilene yes- terday soared foi the first time of the season to the century mark and above. After It reached. 90 degrees at 11 o'clock, a gradual rise of the mer- cury began. U touched 100 degrees at 4 o'clock and 101 degrees at 5 Lowest for the day was 74 degrees at 6 o'clock in the morning. Fourth o. July last year brought tempera lures of 99 degrees maxi- mum. Tie holiday vas "hot as fire- crackers at many other, points. Wlchila Falls reported 100 de- grees maximum for the third day In a row. San Antonio had sn even 100. dup.lcated b> Shrcvcport, La Just across the Texas line. At Fort Worth the weather bu- reau airport station reported 99.5 degrees for the maximum tempera- ture of tho season. Maxima of 96 were registered nl Dallas an-i Ho'iston. Amarlllo had 38. SI 94, Waco 97 and Cor- pus Chrlsll 88. No heat prostra- tions were reported. HOLIDAY COSTS LIVES OF 476 IN NATIONWIDE CELEBRATION Toll Of Auto Traffic Is Heaviest; Texas' Two-Day Total Rises To 13 B? 'he Associated Press wn7in "ih endCd of July for. at least 476 per- sons in the nation. New York led all other states with 37 Fireworks took only three lives, compared to the pace-setting aiiir, mobile traffic toll of 225. Brownings ranked second wlm 123 powder poured from firecrackers into a piece of pipe. In Pennsyl- vania a home-made cannon killed a man and a bomb made out of an automobile wrist pin killed another. Pennsylvania reported 30 deaths, Michigan and Illinois were third with 26 each. BOATS TAN'K EXPLODES A 25-year-old man was charged with murder after his mother was killed by a rifle bullet as she worked In a field near Narrows, Va. The son and his step-brother told au- thorities they were practicing shoot- Ing. A Rome. Ga, girl drowned when thrown overboard by the explosion of a motorboat's gasoline tank. Four companions were critically burned. A speedboat hit a rowboat in Michi- gan, killing one. A New Jersey boy was killed and 17 injured when two racing cars locked wheels and plunged Into a group of spectators. Four were kill- ed and three were hurt In a head- on aulo collision on Long Island. BULLET PARTS HAIR A motorboat explosion killed a Wisconsin resident, three negroes were killed In a Kentucky "cutting scrape, an ll-ycar-old Salem, Va, boy was fatally shot by a chum while playing with a pistol. A stray bullet which parted the hair of a young woman killed her escort In Indiana. Lightning also killed a man In that state. An Ari- zona rodeo accident claims ore life. The toll, though exceeding the 72-hour Memorial day weekend when 250 were killed, was far be- ,ow the iotal of a year ago when the Fourth of July holidays cost 563 lives. Fireworks Injure Only Two In State By AsJOti.lted Press Fourteen jlolcnt deaths marked he double holiday In Texas Sunday and Monday. Seven traffic deaths had been re- xirled last night, two drownlngs. hree shootings, and one death In a construction mishap. CRASHES HURT 24 Only two persons had been re- ported Injured by fireworks. Blrd- shot and pistol bullets hurt four one person was stabbed, and 24 were Injured In traffic accidents. Included in the traffic deaths See DEATH TOLL, Pj. 9, Col. 1 by their own "inventions." A Mary- were injured In the explosion of Abilene Spends Holiday Quietly Death of Johnny Mae Gray, 17. late last night marred what had been a quiet Fourth of out if (own by many residents. Exclusive of patroas of 'the movie houses, golf courses, swimming pools, picnic grounds and pool halls, the population of the city yesterday afternoon numbered only a few thousand. Most of Ihe "saay-at-homers" were civic and government employes and others wiui essential duties holiday or no holiday. Largest gap In the population chart was made by the official and unofficial delegations to the Stam- ford cowboy reunion and rodeo Estimates as to the number of Abilenians attending ran as high as OTHER LURES I Other attraction drawing attend- ance from Abilene were the Has- kell automobile races, and a mam- moth bathing revue at Cisco. Abilene state park became a city suburb with a possible record crowding the picnic silejr. swim- ming pool and .dance floor the en- tire day. Festivities were still in full swing last night with the pool open and an orchestra dance on slate. At the American Legion park the Keepers of the swimming pool reported last night about 8-30 o'clock that ai that time 600 per- sons had gone swimming during the -lay. Picnic facilities were also crowded all day long. Enfrtamment at the Taylor County Veterans clubhouse began at 12 o'clock Sunday nlghl. A good crowd danced until dawn. Another See CELEBRATION. Tc. 9, Col. 6 Cardozo Better PORT CHESTER, N. Y.. July 4 condition ot Associate Justice Benjamin N. Csrdozo of the United States Supreme court con- valescing from a serious heart ail- ment, was doscribcd as "fair and better'1 today. MODERNIZED WAR METHODS SHOWN VETS Bj- TOM REEDY GETTYSBURG, Pa.. July hew generation of fight- ing men, deploying on ground where a nation's unity was re- established, showed their elder- ly forebears today how modern war would be waged. On this 162nd anniversary of American independence re- gular army troops with the lat- est in military machines -went on parade before the little band of men who braved canister and grape, the shot and shell of 75 years ago. This was another of the spec- tacles of the week-long last re- union of Ihe 2.000 veterans of Union anri Confederate armies. The army day program brought onto the field, where Pickctt charged futilely in '63, mounted troops in brisk drill, roaring "flying the colorful horse-drawn artillery and the high speed tanks that are replacing the chargers. Thousands of visitors .stm strolled around the camps and the town but much of the throng tost heard President Roosevelt dedicate the "eternal yesterday, had left. Today's crowd was esti- mated officially at La mesa 4th Fete Attended By LAMESA, July 4. (SpU _ A crowd estimated at 5.000 attended the July 4 celebration at Lamcsa today. The program was central- ized on the Dawson county court- house sqjare. where a blj candidate rally was held throughout the day. Special amateur presentations ot music and skits were given to the big gathering, and a beauty contest in which 25 girls participated wf.s held nt the Laticra swimming pool. Stunting plans and parachute Jumps at the municipal airport also attracted much interest. The Weather AIUI.KXK >nd ilrlnllr: TfA.Vl! l.lr andlr HMJtKrtaj. AKIZOXA! nlr tnja> >nd trmpfrttarr OKMinUM: Cfr.rr.tcr nl l IIOVR i HUfcul p. n.. jr-l It's roundup time in Texas. All of the cowboys of the Lone Star state were at Stamford yesterday for opening of the three-day Texas Cowboy re- union. Shown in upper left photo are Judges of the riding events, left-to right, George Humphreys of Guthrle, 'fore- man of the Four-Six ranch and sheriff of King'county; Bert Weir of Hobbs, N. M., W. B. Willlngham of Botan; and Frank Rhoades of the SMS ranch at Throckmorton. Old- timers were greeted at the new- ly completed bunkhouse by the duo in the center picture, A. J. Swenson, left, and Mayor R. C. Thomas. Gov. James V. Allred Is shown at right as he was snapped back of the judges' stand after retiring from the arena following the grand en- try. (Reporter-News photos by Harry Holt) Motorist Dies In Aufo Flames Aspermont Driver Trapped In Fire Following Wreck By NUIN'EZ WISCHKAEMPEH HAML1N, July Hamlln slept early Sunday, W. B. "Cotton" Gist, Aspermont painter and paper- hanger, met a horrible death as he was trapped in the flames of his car crashing into an M-K-T freight train. Gist's automobile, traveling north on highway 83, rammed heation into a box car Mocking the road while the (rain took on_water at a. m, Instantly, said "conductor K. w! Neal, an eye witness, the gasoline tank exploded and the machine burst into flames. FIGHT rjRF. VAIN Whether Gist was knocked uncon- si.ous in the crash spectators could not say. Regardless, he was trap- ped In the flames because the speed of his automobile wedged it far un- der the boxcar. In an' effort to extinguish the and rescue Gist, trainmen hurriedly moved the train up a box- cars dragging the burning automobile under the spout of the water tank beside the depot. While some members of the train crew called firemen and an ambulance, others turned the flow ot water onto the blazing car. The tank's supply was exhausted to no avail. Men who had gathered on the depot platform also fought the lire with buckets before firemen ar- rived. Later firemen used chemi- cals, but In vain. It was not until a dozen men had wrestled the car out in the clear, and firemen spray- ed water on the blaze through a hoze laid from the residential sec- tion that the fire was put out. Gist CRASH BI.AZF, Pf. 9, Col. 7 Irby Community Has Picnic, Dance HASKELL, July maxlng Fourth oi July celebrations for residents of county, the annual basket picnic and political rally of the Irby community was held this afternoon with a dance following in the community dance hall. Sponsors of the affair estimated that 400 families gathcre! for the basket dinner. District and county candidates appeared on the speak- ing program with Attorney Walter Murchtson acting as chair- man. Talkj were made by 26 can- didates. mnm today, ;ii Trend Of Market Colled Permanent LONDON, July S. Ambassador Joseph B. Kennedy, re- turning today from New York, said Ihe rally In the American stock market "is nol synthetic, hut fund- amental." He added that he believed the recovery trend had a sood chance of becoming permanent. t TEXAS COWBOY REUNIONS NAME ACKERS AS PRESIDENT Abilenians Join Throng; Allred Rides In Entry Horseflesh Valued As Ridden Into Rodeo Arena By HARRY HOLT STAMFORD, July records at the Texas Cowboy re- on successive shattered Into splinters today as a holiday crowd of 40.000 jathered here for America's great- est amateur rodeo. The matinee performance of tho ninth annual event attracted spectators from 22 or more states, by far the largest crowd ever as- sembled in Stamford. Forty-five minutes before opening of the ro- deo at 2 o'clock, all seats were sold and there was standing room only. With opening of the show the box office wa." closed and 2.000 per- Association Elects Retiring Chieftain Directors' Head STAMFORD, July J. Ackers of Abilene was named presi- dent of the Texas Cowboy Reunion association at the annual meeting here today, succeeding Walt Cous- ins of Dalla, who was chair- man of the directors. Ackers, Abilene business man and Shackelford county rancher, was elevated from the office of first vice-president he held the past year. Other officers named-for the .en- suing year are T. G. Hendrick.-of vice-president; G. P. Ratllff of Midland, second vice- president; d. K. Coombes of Stam- ford, secretary-treasurer; B. J. Glover ot Crowell, range boss; Kid Jeffers ot Brady, wagon boss; Charles L. Mayes of Munday, wa- gon cook; and Sam Fade of Albany, horse wrangler. An Invitation of welcome was ex- tended at the morning session by Mayor R. C. Thomas and A J. Swcnson. Cousins presided at the meeting. Directors are John M. Gist of Odessa, Clyde Burnett of Benjamin, Charles H. Featherston of Trus- cott, Caesar Kleberg Of KIngsville, Dayton Moses of Fort Worth, Jim Mlnnick of Foard city, Clifford B. Jones of Spur, G. w. Jackson of Bonham, A. J. Swenson of Stam- ford, John Turbervllle of Archer City. J. V. Hudson of Haskell.John Bryan of Abilene, Frank Rhoades of Throckmorton, Bob Westerly of Clarendon. H. G. Bedford of Mid- land, Frank N. King of Los An- geles. Frank Norfieet of Hale Center. E. p. Taylor of Paris. Tenn.. Dr. T. Richard Sealey of Santa Anna, J. Ellison Carroll of Big Lake, M' T Clements of Wichita Falls, Thomas H. Ellison of El Reno, Okla., Furd Halsell of Fort Worth, J. M. (Tex) Moore of Wichita Falls, p. G, Al- exander of Haskcll, and Glenn Cof- fee of Amarillo. Ickes Urges Slash In Building Prices WASHINGTON, July (ip) _ Secretary Ickcs urged building ma- terial manufacturers tonight to fol- low the example of the steel Indus- try and reduce prices of their prod- ucts. He said In an addre.w prepared for the Washington Star radio forum such a reduction "if followed In other lines of business, as It ought to be. will be of material aid in the president's program to help business and reduce unemployment." He added that "a reduction of the price of steel, or other building ma- terials, Will rnear, that the sum of money can buy more of these mate- rials, thus creating more worfe." Ickes described the reduction In steel prices ax evidence private busi- ness was willing to cooperate with the government "to Improve our eco- nomic situation." i LEWIS J. ACKERS Haskell Race Driver Killed HASKELL, July Termin, 31, dirt track racing driver of Dallas, was killed "Instantly here this afternoon when his machine threw the right rear tire In the third lap of the opening race. The car skidded broadside off I hi south turn, tumbled down the em- bankment and went through a high board ferfce surrounding the Haskell speedway. Termin was winner in the two feature event.1; of the opening day of the meet and placed second in the time trials this afternoon. He was a member of the South- western Auto Racing association and a strong competitor in the championship meet sponsored by the Central West Texas Fair associ- ation here. At almost the same site of Ter- rain's fatal crash, a car driven by Arthur Rhodes of Dallas crashed through the fences Sunday In the second race. He was unhurt but his machine was damaged badly. Rhodes was driving his first race June Frost Cuts Short Her Tour June rrost. daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Fred W. Frost, returned to Abilene Sunday night from Europe. Cutting short a lour she had be- gun In Europe, Miss Frost sailed from Cherbourg, France, June 25 on the S. S. Bremen. After docking in New York, she came to Abilene by train. Today's Program 8. a. matinee in arena: Wild tow millilnf con- test. Calf roping; contest, Cuftiny horse contest. H a. parade chucji vazons, floats, cars, sponsors, cowgirls and cow- boys. p. wagon din- ner for old-time cowboys at bunkhousf. Z p. entry In arena. Presenlallori of spon- sors. Cowboy rodeo contests. Exhibition by Luke Pasco's ftheep dogs. Old-timer calf; roping contest. S p. daily rodeo per- formance. 10 p. dance at cow- Hoy's bunkhouse. Sponsor's iancr at sons were turned away. Many were from put i Bo great was demand for tickets fhatrthe-KJrunceiale loday" totalled to L. W. Johnson, who was in charge. The show will continue through Tuesday and Wednesday. Last year spec- tators went through [lie turnstiles, but never before has (here been such an attendance for a single day. A prelude to Ihe great evening rodeo performances was the grand entry In" which contestants, 38 cowgirl sponsors and officials ap- wared, riding horses valued at not less than Ths1 huge arena, was" filled 'with Ihe beautiful ani- mals of many duns, palominos and chestnuts. Gov. James V, Allred arrived shortly, after noon and rode In the grand entry. Joining the happy-go-luckv con- gregation was an Abilene delega- tion of 250. headed by the Boosters club and the Traveling Men's as- sociation. Leading the grouo werg L. B. Jackson and C. D. Knight. Dorothy Comer, Abllene's bathing beauty, appeared in the role cowgirl today and was Introduced. Elizabeth Bowyer, however, is Abl- lene's representative In the spon- contest. Winners In today's rodeo as an- nounced tonisht follow: Bronc riding: A. C. Wike. Sin Anjclo, first; Tack Bolfon, Bronte, second; Ulltj, San limes winner of the Ralph Collier, Coleman, fourth. Sleer ridinf: Delbert Wise, Jacksboro, first; GMT Harrcll, second; Chirlcs Baker, Hicks, third; Derwurd Tolis, Jacksboro, focrlh. Calf ropinj: Leo Huff, DOM', first, IR.1 seconds; J. L. Cook, Hora, second, 19; Herman Davis, Albany, third, 19.3; George C.Iasscock, Cresson, fourth, 21.2; 1. L. SIcCarsons, Palo rlnto, flflh, MJ. Wild cow milking contest: Flop Roberts, Midland, first, 21; Tom Parrott, Throckmorton, R. D. Parks, Snydcr. (led for second, 22.1; Ruben Crtn- shaw, Stnjamln, fourth, 22.4; >nd Guj London, Throckmor- ton, fifth, 23. The Abilene high school band un- der direction of R. T. Bynum played during the rodeo. Other musical en- See REUNION', Vf. 9, Col. 7 LAST HUNDRED TURNED Gates Stormed Two Hours Early At Rodeo By HARRY HOLT STAMFORD, July rays of a blazing sun failed to daunt the spirits of a holiday crowd which came to the Texas Cowboy reunion today for a peek at the nation's most distinctive and .Illustrious por- trayal of the old West, It was hot. terribly hot, when an unsuspecting gate-keeping crew be- gan getting tickets for the afternoon rodeo, beginning at 2 o'clock. It wes not noon and many ncrc still at.the old-timers' bunkhouse or eating at one of the dozen chuck wagons. But it was cooler in the grandstand and, too. those early birds must have sensed what was to follow. The line had bulged into a swirming mass of' people at the stroke of 12 o'clock. Five turnstiles were clicking regularly, but oh. so slow. Spcc.ators from the four winds of America were caught in the whirlpool that turned them loose 45 minutes later inside the cher- ished grounds. They sweated, cursed, laughed and begged for a breath of fresh air. For them there was noni. But 40 feet away little water-soaked breezes fluttered off the plctuiesquc lake back of the grandstand. It was in another world so far as those at the gate were concerned Above an airplane strut- ted back and forth. It was adver- tising the Coleman rodeo. Dy o'clock the sponsors' pa- vilion was madhouse as the crowd tried to ge- tickets. Salesman Lee- roy Johnson shook his head and said, "standing room only." By show time, he was turning them away from the gate and the great- est crowd in ad sandwiched In for the ninth an- nual cowboy reunion. When Leonard McNutt. rodeo an- nouncer, said "We are now ready to break the seal on another per- formance of that grand western sport with that ever colorful spec- See SIDELIGHTS, ff. I, Col I
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