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Publication: Abilene Reporter News July 8, 1938

Abilene Reporter News (Newspaper) - July 8, 1938, Abilene, Texas WIST TEXAS! OWH    I NEWSPAPER VOL. LYM I, NO. 40.®f)c Abilene Sporter * ♦ •"WITHOUT, OR WITH OFFENSE TO FRIENDS OR FOES WE SKE I CH VOUK WORLD EXACTLY AS ITtJOES"—Byron >—wlatiii rraw IAT) ABILENE, TEXAS. FRIDAY EVENING, JULY 8, 1938 —TWELVE PAGES * tm ted (UP) #> * PRICE 5 CENTSShowmanship Reaches Peak in Strangest of All Texas Campaigns By FELIX R. MCKNIGHT DALLAS. July 8—</P>—It Isn’t the circus season, but this Texas political campaign will do. The amazing Mr. W. Lee (Pass-The-Biscuits - Pappy) O-Daniel started it with a hillbilly band. Ifs hard to tell where it will end. Showmanship has reached its peak. Fiddle bands, vaudeville acts, mind-readers, gaudy sound trucks and an occasional platform plank. The strangest of all Texas election years. On the human side, with its circus aspect, humor has crept into a, campaign that started with a long face two months ago. Everything has happened. Dimpled Mr. O’Daniel, the man without a poll tax, is right in the middle of it. Opponents keep jabbing at that poll tax angle. He tries to drown them out with hillbilly tunes. POLL TAX CLASSIC Out of East Texas came the classic story on Mr. O’Daniel and his lack of a poll tax. A Dallas attorney questioned a group of eight men as to their gubernatorial preference. All fa vored O’Daniel. The barrister reminded them that Mr. O’Daniel was without his poll tax. Came the reply: “Well, we haven’t got one neither and that’s why we’re gonna vote for him.” Intimates chuckled over this one on Mr. William McCraw: Soon after the campaign's start photographs were made of Mrs. McCraw cooking up a batch of biscuits—her husband - Candidate's weakness. Along roared Mr. O’Daniel, the flour man — composer with his “Pass the Biscuits” ditty. Lightning-like the McCraw press agents changed captions on the McCraw kitchen scene to read: ‘•Candidate's Wife Prepares Com Pones For Husband.” To the hinterlands in search of votes went Mr. McCraw, lover of corn pones, and listed among his antics were horseback rides in cowboy regalia, apologies for failing to bring along his banjo but assurance that he had remembered his poll tax receipt. Finally, that South Texas incident. Mr. McCraw. his publicists vow, had his sound equipment set up and was prepared to start speaking to a crowd when another gubernatorial candidate arrived on the scene, explaining he had the same speaking date. The attorney-general loaned the sound equipment, the crowd—and (if you can take it) even introduced him. To a deep-throated male quar tet and a couple of mind-readers went Mr. Tom F. Hunter for his entertainment. Two crooners fresh from a night club weave in and out of his audiences, topping off their routine with “an uncanny mind-reading act.” One, “The Great Solomi,” re- See POLITICS, Pg. 6, Col. 4 HOW ABILENE'S NEW LIVESTOCK BUILDING WILL LOOK 4 spi ■sExv-?. ■>* ~'V ><■ ’ . *— r    dyjjfl    MS B    ........... -? y / Here is the architect's conception of the judging arena and stock sales pavilion to be erected at the West Texas Fair park—gift of Sears. Roebuck and Company to the Abilene community. General R. E. Wood, president of the company, visited Abilene early this year and at that time chose this area for a $5,000 gift. The formal presentation was made at a lunch- Sears, Roebuck Gives City Gift $5,000 Cash to Bt Used For Erection Of Livestock Building at Fair Park On behalf of Gen. R. E. Wood, president of Sears, Roebuck and company, C. B. Roberts of Dallas today formally presented the Abilene community with a cash gift of $5,000. The presentation was made at a luncheon of business men, chamber of commerce, West Texas fair and city officials held at 12 o’clock in the red room of the Hilton hotel. Roberts, who is general manager for southwestern zone of Sears, Roebuck and company, and C. A. Mc-j — Gaughey, manager of the Ahi- SII f* I lene store, were the honored mAlsn I f^Cll guests. PLANS COMPLETE Simultaneously with the presentation of the gift to this area came the announcement that the $5,000 will be used for the erection of a livestock judging arena and stock sales Pavillion at the West Texas fair park. The plans have been completed. July IO is set as the date for the start of work. General R. E. Woods paid his first visit to Abilene early this year. While in the city, he elected to make a community gift of $5,000 on behalf of his company. Similar gifts have been made in other cities of Texas and in other states, but it was the first time that Abilene had so been chosen by the Sears, Roebuck head. The next step was the selection of a use for the $5,000 which this area as well as Abilene might share in. W. J. Fulwiler. M. B. Hanks. City Commissioner L. A. Sadler, Frank Antilley and County Agent Knox Pair were named as the committee to make that choice. They selected the livestock arena. Then came the filing of an application for a project with the National Youth AdmtnLstration, a step taken to not only make full use of the $5,000 but to augment it at the same time. The securing of an NY A project also has this third purpose. It will provide employment for some 65 young men until early fall, giving them experience in brick laying, concrete and carpentry work as well as their needed pay checks. The city See GIFT, Pg. ll, Col. 7 The Weather Fart'.y cloudy ABILENE and vicinity: tonight and Saturday. Welt Texas: Generally fair tonight and Saturday. East Texas: Partly cloudy tonight and Saturday; unsettled at times near coast. RAINFALL: 24 hrs ending 6:3(1 a.m. Fri... .30 inch Total since first of year .....21.53    inches Same period last year ........ 8.47    inches Normal since first of year. ... 13.48 Inches Highest temperature yesterday ...103 Lowest temperature this morning .75 “ mi 2 - S I 4 lf ’ ‘■*i* TEMPERATURES Thurs. p.m. 07 99 . 101 . 102 .    103 .    97 Fri. am. 72 72 72 71 72 71 70 71 77 •I es .    70 . a<> .5:39 .7:48 7 p.m    7 a m. 12:39 p m. Dry    thermometer    fi7    71    88 Wet    Thermom*ter    71    Oft    T3 Helluva humidity    27    *    72    27 CLOUDY 97 TI 71 70 72 eon by C. B Roberts of Dallas, regional zone manager, and C. A. McGauchey, local manager. Gaskill and McDaniel are the architect*. GEN. R. E. WOOD Fatal to One J. A. Morrow of Rotan Dies in S'water Hospital SWEETWATER. July 8 —J. A. Morrow, 55. of Rotan, died at 6 o’clock this morning in the Sweetwater hospital from injuries sustained last night when his automobile crashed head-on into another car on highway 70 a mile northeast of Sweetwater. W. A. Townsend, driver of the second automobile, was reported resting fairly well in the Sweetwater hospital today. His condition was not considered critical. Funeral for Morrow is to be held j at 3 o’clock tomorrow afternoon at j the Presbyterian church of Lamesa. Burial is to be in the Lamesa cemetery. J. A, (Jap) Morrow was born in Hamilton county in August, 1882. He lived in Lamesa for many years before moving to Rotan to operate a I hotel. He is survived by his wife, a son. J. A. Jr., of Roswell, New Mexico: and four daughters, Mrs. Smith of Nashville. Tenn.; Duchie Morrow of Rotan. Mrs. C. Lewis and Mrs. Milt Jones, both of Ancho N. M. Nine brothers and sisters, Mrs. Marvin Dom of Westbrook. W. c. Morrow of Black Springs. N. M ; Mrs. R. E. Simpson, Lamesa:    Mrs. C. Petty, Austin; W. H. Morrow, Clarendon; J. H. Morrow. Corona. Cal.; Mrs. I E. E. Patterson, Iraan; Mrs. R. R. House, Sterling; and Mrs. T. E. Cowden, Wichita Falls, also survive. Retail Trade Rises 4 to IO Pct. in Week NEW YORK. July    Spur red by a long stretch of hoi weather. retail trade in the major centers of distribution rase 4 to IO per cent over last week but continued to lag behind comparative figures of a year ago, Dun and Bradstreet reported today. More merchants approached lev els of a year ago, but for the country as a whole, retail trade was off 8 to 15 per cent under the 1937 period, the agency said. Wholesale volume was 8 to 15 per cent under the corresponding period last year, with abrupt gains noted at many cities. C. B. ROBERTS I C. A. MCGAUGHEY WITH PRAISE FOR SENATOR BULKLEY— FDR Steps Into Ohio’s ~l Texas Makes Cotton Acreage Below Record Crop of 1937 Gov't Reports 26,904,000 Acres In Cultivation WASHINGTON, July 8 — The agriculture department announced today that 26.904.000 acres of cotton were in cultivation July I. This was 78 0 per cent of the acreage a year ago from which the record crop of 18,945,022 bales was ginned. It was the first report on this year's cotton crop. A law or-bids issuance of government reports on condition and probable total production before August each year. That information will be announced August 8. Cotton in cultivation a year ago totaled 34,471,000 acres, abandonment amounted to I O per cent last year, and 34.001,000 acres were picked. The yield of lint cotton was 266.9 pounds to the acre and total production was 18.945.022 bales of 500 pounds each—records for both yield and production. Cotton seed production was 8,426,000 tons. Average acreage in cultivation July I during the previous ten years -1927-36—was 37,380,000 acres with average abandonment of 2.1 per cent. Acre yield in those years averaged 179.7 pounds, average total production of lint cotton was 13.-230,857 bales of 500 pounds each, and cottonseed production averaged 5.867.000 tons. Cash income from cotton in the 1937 calendar year was reported by the department in December last as $684,622,000 for lint cotton and $136,535,000 for cottonseed. The acreage in cultivation July I and percentage of the 1937 acreage, by states, included: Louisiana 1.244,000 and 79 Texas 9.960.000 and 78, Oklahoma 1.903,000 Michigan Sees First Hanging In 108 Years MILAN, Mich., July 8—OP) — Anthony Chebatorls was hanged by the federal government at 4:08 CST today and became the first victim of capital punishment to die in Michigan In 108 years. Governor Frank Murphy, who had appealed to President Roosevelt to stop the federal government from breaking a century - old Michigan tradition. said the execution was a “blot” on the state’s “civilized record ” The hanging took place at the federal detention farm here at sunrise. Chebatorls. a Detroit gangster. was sentenced under the national bank robbery act for an abortive holdup last Sept. 29 In Midland. Mich., in which Henry S. Porter, an innocent bystander. was slain. Michigan laws do not permit capital punishment except for high treason. 14 Indicted by 104th Jurors Urge Officers to Closer Watch on Stolen Property Grand jury of 104th district court ended a day and a half Investigation at noon today by returning 14 indictments for criminal offenses. The Jurors also passed a resolution urging city and county officers to greater violence regarding stolen property and calling on the state' legislature to amend the laws regarding testimony about persons receiving and concealing stolen goods. The resolution stated that the jurors found that many dealers in used automobiles and automobile parts, and dealers in second hand merchandise sometimes buy stolen property. They urged officers to keep a close watch on such dealers and promised cooperation in prosecuting cases where stolen property has been bought and concealed. i Under present laws, unsupported gains of 4 to 8 points in the first ] testimony of an accomplice in a and 77, Arkansas 2,479.000 and 80, New Mexico 115,000 and 71. Cotton Gains On Acreage Report NEW YORK. July 8—*JP*—Cotton advanced sharply after the reopening today. Moderate declines shortly after noon were replaced by net half hour of trading following the bureau acreage report. The government report cf 26,904,-000 acres planted to cotton up to July I. while somewhat larger than average expectation, had little effect on sentiment around the ring Oct and Dec. were relatively s’long. advancing to 9.00 and 9.10 respectively. A good demand from commission houses was in evidence. $60 More Given to Clyde Sufferers Contributions are still coming in for the victims gf the Clyde tornado June IO. Likest contribution of recent date was received at the Reporter-News office today when A G. Sfijilegcl, local manager for the Amef$fcaiv*i Airlines, delivered a check foi*%50 from thilchtcago office oHKhe company. Other contributions received today were $8.46 from the Fairview Baptist hurch of Ham An $3^rom the Wingate Methodist churclff*nd $1.50 from the Wingate “Baptist church. Conference Scheduled in May Program Plans Already Begun The 1939 meeting of the Oil Belt Safety conference is to be held in Abilene the first Thursday and Friday of May. according to announcement made yesterday by L. H. Taylor. Ranger, president of the conference. It will be the first time the conference has been held in Abilene and the first time it has extended over a two day period. Plans for the conference program ire already under way, Taylor having held conferences with representatives of the Red Cross, Boy Scouts, traffic safety committees, corporation safety directors and other agencies. Fisher, Nolan. Jones, Taylor, Throckmorton, Shackelford. Callahan. Brown, Eastland. Stephens, Young, JPalo Pinto, Erath and Co-manchV-counties are included in the conferengg territory. The pro*am Is intend^ to be of service the year around In outlining a cooperative plan for the schools and business enterprises. It will cooperate with the program of the National Safety conference.    # Information regarding eligibility of teams for the various contests of the annual meeting may be obtained from Roy Marshall of the West Texas Utilities company in Abilene. theft that stolen property was received by a certain person can not be taken by the courts. The Jurors asked that the law be amended so that such testimony could be taken where there was proof that stolen property was found in the possession of the receiver. A similar resolution was passed recently by the association of county and district attorneys meeting at Houston. Tax Assessment for TfirP Up $2,000,000 AUSTIN, July 8— (UP> —With two exceptions railroad valuations in Texas for intangible tax assessment will remain as in 1937 when the total was $41,006,630, tax board members said today. A tentative increase of $4,500,000 in the intangible assessment against the Texas and Pacific railroad was finally set at an increase of $2,000,-000. The Texas Sc New Orleans (Southern Pacific system) was reduced $800,000. Intangible valuations for pipe lines still are under consideration and may not be made final for several weeks. Ready to Fete FD Third Time Special Train to Reach Fort Worth Saturday Night FORT WORTH, ^uly 8— (UP) — Texas made ready today to entertain for the third time in three years President Franklin D. Roosevelt. the nation’s chief executive. The president's third visit in the state will begin Saturday night when his special train stops here in the midst of a cross-country tour packed with political addresses and personal appearances. The president's son. Elliott, announced that his father will relax over the week-end at “Dutch Branch,” Vie son’s spacious home at Benbrook. Twice before. Mr. Roosevelt has visited at “Dutch Branch.” He stopped there in 1936 after taking part in Centennial year celebrations at Houston and Dallas. Last spring, the son again was host after his father crossed Texas following a fishing cruise off the gulf coast. Elliott Roosevelt left, today for McAlester. Okla., to Join his father for the trip to Texas. The presidential special will arrive here Saturday night and Mr. Roosevelt will go directly to hts son’s home. He will spend Sunday visiting with his son, daug' ter-in-iaw and two grandchildren. Ruth Chandler, and Elliott Jr. 2. At 7:15 p. rn. CST Sunday, the president will broadcast a greeting to Texas by remote control from his sons home over radio station KFJZ, owned by the Elliott Roasevelts, and approximately 30 other Texas stations, including station KRBC at Abilene. TO TALK 5 MINUTES Elliott will introduce his father, and White Hoise sources said that the chief executive would speak about five minutes on the 15-mln-ute program. The president is expected to take no official cognizance of the Texas governor's race and will hold no political audiences, Elliott said. Gov. James V. Allred will greet Mr. Roosevelt upon his arrival Saturday night and accompany him to Wichita Falls and Amarillo Monday. The governor said he would present the president with a gift of Texas-growned black-eyed peas. Others who will greet the president. and possibly accompany him across the state, are U. S. Senator Tom Connally of Marlin; John Jones of Houston and Fort Worth, brother of J esse Jones, chairman of the reconstruction finance corporation; and Anion G. Carter, Fort Worth newspaper publisher. The president will make a rear platform appearance Monday at Wichita Falls and will stop for two hours later in the day in Amarillo, where Publisher-Columnist Gene Howe has arranged a mammoth greeting. Daoth Date Set CHICAGO. July 8—(UP)—Federal Judge John P. Barnes today ordered that John Henry Seadlund die in the electric chair July 14 for the kidnap-slaying of Charles Ross, wealthy retired manufacturer of greeting cards and valentines. Segorbe Bombed MADRID, July 8 — ./pi — Three persons were killed and seven injured when ine insurgent Savoia (Italian-type i planes raided Segorbe. 40 miles northwest of Valencia, at dawn today. Primary SERVES NOTICE OF DRIVE TO ELECT 'LIBERALS' AT POLLS President Emphasizes 'Cooperative' Aspects of Government at Marietta MARIETTA, 0., July 8.—(AP)—President Roosevelt stepped into the Ohio democratic primary today with a word of praise for Senator Robert J. Bulkley. Bulkley, candidate for re-nomination, was the only individual mentioned by the president in his first address of a transcontinental speaking tour—except in his introduction. Introduced by former Governor George White, Bulkley’s opponent to a crowd celebrat- j-—-—■■■    — ing the 150th anniversary of the settling of northwest territory the chief executive said: FAVORED COURT REFORM “Governor Davey, Senator Bulkley. Chairman White—” Later in the body of his speech the President said: “The cavalry captain who protec: -ed the log cabins of the northwest Is now supplanted by legislators, like Senator Bulkley, toiling over the drafting of x x x statutes and over the efficiency of government machinery to administer them so that xxx protection and help of government can be extended to the full.” The president thus exercLsed at the outset of his journey across the nation to California his previously declared right to intervene In pri-i marles. Bulkley favors Mr. Roosevelt's I court re-organization plan and voted for final passage of the president's executive re-organization meaure. Garner Not to Welcome 'Boss' UVALDE, July 8 — (UP) — Vice President John Nance Garner will not greet President Franklin D. Roosevelt when “the boss” comes to Texas this week, according to present arrangements. Instead, he plans to visit old friends around Uvalde during the week-end, or perhaps to go fishing. The vice president was working around the premises of his ranch this morning and could not be reached, but his Herk told the United Press he understood that Mr. Roosevelt and Garner had “talked over” the president’s trip before he left Washington and had decided it would be “unnecessary for Mr. Garner to make the trip to North Texas.” People, four and five deep, pressed against the ropes which blocked off the speakers' stand in a park as the chief executive served notice he was pressing on with his program and expected popular support. “I believe,” the president said, “that the American people, not afraid of their own capacity to choose forward looking representatives to run their government, want the same co-operative security and have the same courage to achieve it, in 1938 as in 1933. “I am sure they know that we will always have a frontier—of social problems and that we must always move in to bring law and order to it. j “In that confidence I am pushing on. “I am sure you will push on with me” DAVEY MISSES TRAIN Ohio merchants marshaled their I “blue chip” leaders to greet the I president but Governor Martin L. Davey failed to reach the special train before the chief executive left for the park. The governor's car was blocked See FDR. Pg. ll. CoL 8 Showers Snap Area Hot Wave Relief Brief As Mercury Starts Its Climb Again A 33-degree drop in temperature late yesterday from 103 to 70 degrees, brought sighs'of relief from Abilenians and contributed to “excellent sleeping weather” for last night. The cooling rains responsible for the drop were general throughout the area and highly favorable to cotton and feed crops. After the showers, old Sol turned on the heat again this morning, but was fighting a losing battle to surpass the record of yesterday. Temperature at 10:30 this morning was 82 degrees, compared with 92 for the same hour yesterday. But cooler temperatures are hero for only a short stay, according to the weather forecast. Scheduled for today and tomorrow Is “partly cloudy,” with no promise of mort rain and “generally fair” for all West Texas. Heaviest rain reported in the area was at Baird, where more than one and one-half inches of rainfall waa recorded. Ballinger reported 1.3 inches of rain and slight wind damage. Winters received about an inch, while Stamford, Roby. Sweetwater and other parts of the district reported showers. Total precipitation for Abilena during the night was .30 of an inch. At Wichita Falls, where the mercury climbed to 104, a shower brought cooler early morning weather. Dallas’ early morning thunderstorm brought .63 of an inch, and the weather bureau reported rain at Austin and other central state points. Nazi Congress Set BERLIN, July 8—(UP) — Adolf Hitler tus set the annual nazi party congress for September 5 to 12. it was announced today. The congress will be held at Nuremberg. What is Your News I. Q.? STILL MISSING FROM HOME— Girl Watches as Posse Drags River for Her Body SAN ANTONIO, July 8 — (UP)—Sheriff* deputies, who dragged the San Antonio river lor hour^esterday for the body Of Grace Hoffer, 14. determm-•Jlfcd today that the girl, still alive, had played a prank on them. The girl, who left her horse tied to a tree and her Clothing strewn along the banks of the river to make it appear she had drowned, still had not returned home. But officers searching for* her learned from neighbors that she remained in a secluded spot most of the day yesterday and watched a posse of 50 persons drag the river and comb the brush lands for her body. Grace had been planning to aim away from home for several months, she told neighbors, and every few days she would take some food and an article or two of clothing to a secret cave along the river bank in the pasture of her father’s farm. Wednesday she decided to stag*. her act. She left home to herd some cattle in the far comer of the pasture and told her father, H. M. Hoffer. that she would take a swim in the river before • returning home. She failed to return at dusk, and her’father He her started a search for her. found the clothing and horse and decided that she had drowned in the river. Later he said he feared she had been criminally attacked and slain. Early in the evening a deputy sheriff sighted the fleeing through the brush. Then he decided to ask the neighbors a few questions. One neighbor was enough. "She had been planning It for months,” the neighbor said. “She wanted to run away from home and cause an uproar. She is well and happy and having a big time.” Each question counts 20; each part of a two-part question, IO. A score of 60 is fair; 80, good. Answers on page 4. 1. Identify this couple who recently returned to the U. S. after a surprise marriage in Ireland. 2. What American ambassador came home to see his son graduated from Harvard? Mi. What is the name of the president of Aire, just inducted? 4. What American city recently faced Exhaustion of its relief funds for the fourth time in two months? . 5. What do Chinese call their Yellow river? ;

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Publication: Abilene Reporter News

Location: Abilene, Texas

Issue Date: July 8, 1938