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   Abilene Reporter-News, The (Newspaper) - July 13, 1938, Abilene, Texas                               WESTJTEXAS' NEWSPAPER VOL LV111, NO. 45. "WITHOUT, OR WITH OFFENSE TO FKILNDS 'OR FOES WE SKKlCIl YOUR WORLD EXACTLY AS IT GOES' IVtM (At) ABILENE, TEXAS. WEDNESDAY MORNING, JULY 13, 1938.-lAVELVE PAGES UaLUd freu (Ur> PRICE 5 CENTS SUSPECT HELD AFTER CONFESSING MATTSON KIDNAP ENDORSED BY PRESIDENT- Thomas Has Sooner Lead Murray Trails Leon Phillips For Governor Smith Is Second, Marlond Third In Vote for Senator OKLAHOMA CITY, July 12 Elmer Thomas, called "my old friend" by1 President Roosevelt, maintain- ed a steady lead tonight in his race for renominatiou on the basis of scattered primary returns. He pulled away from Hep. Gomer Smith, who voted against the president's reorganization bill, and E. W. Marland, New Deal gover- nor. MURRAY Eight hundred thirty of the stale's 3.522 precincts gave Thomas Smith and Marland. Leon C. Phillips, cigar-chewing Okemah legislator and New Deal supporter, ran ahead of four major rivals in the race for the democratic nomination for governor. In second place was former Gov. W. H. "Alfalfa Bill" Mur- ray, referred to Inferentially by Roosevelt as "nationally known as a republican.'1 Murray replied with an attack on what he termed "carnetbaBglrm" and a declaration that if the gov- ernorship was appointive, he didn't want it. W. S. Key, former state WTA administrator, who based his cam- paign on thorough cooperation with Ihe Roosevelt administration, was running third In the governors race. Returns from 830 precincts gave Phillips 3USO; Murray, 23.39S; Key 27.301; Former Gov. Jack Walton 5.129; and Ira Finley, president of the Veterans of Industry of Amer- ica, GOP VOTE LIGHT The eight democratic congress- men seeking renomlnation were leading their opponents on the basts of early returns. In the fifth district, where Corner Smith left the field wide open thrown his decision to make Ihe senate race. T. Bone McDonald. Edmondson conservationist, paced Mike Monroney, Oklahoma City business man. and Merle G. Smith Guthrle altorney. In the republican primary voting was light and the endorsements Riven by a state "grassroots" con- vention were proving effective. The election was expected to give President Roosevelt speedy an- swer to his speech delivered here Saturday. Small Assails 'Mudslinging' A crowd of between and 2.000 persons last night heard Sen Clint Small of Amarlllo. speaking on the federal lawn in behalf of Ernest O. Thompson's candidacy for governor, say that the railroad commissioner's campaign would be conducted with decency and with- out political mudslinging which has cropped rut recently m the heat of the race. "It's not whether you can croon a song, pick a banjo, slap a back or tell a funny slory that proves your qualifications for the office" the Panhandle legislator said. "The governor's race should be kept on a higher plane." CALLS McCR.MV 'CLOWN' Senator Small pointed out that "both McCraw and O'Daniel. are good showmen." "But I'm not in the show busi- ness." ho continued, "and neither is the state of Texas. "Now sure some of you have heard of Bill McCraw-is one of the backtlappers and hand- shakers in the state. He started out to go into the governor's office as a clown and a showman. "But a (ellow down hrrt in M'aco started a show of his own Sec SMALL, Tf. U, Col. J Court Custom Expected To Hide Name Of Countess Babs' 'Society Gentleman' LONDON, July court custom Is expected to keep off the record the name of the "gentleman In London" figuring In matrimonial troubles of the former Barbara Button. Count Court Haugwltz-Reventlow, the Wool worth heiress1 Danish husband, prepared to take his side of the dispute into Bow strfeet police court tomorrow, but whether he would take the stand to de- fend himself against a charge that he had thrcalened Ills wife was uncertain. Despite Mayfalr's curiosity and speculation, few believed he would go so far as lo name the man he was represented jn testimony as wanting to "shoot like a dog." The accusation was made by the countess' lawyers, who said the count demanded tearfully In an Interview whether his wife would marry the "Gentleman in London" if she got a divorce. The sole issue before the court was whether the count had threatened his wife. In such cases, lawyers tend to avoid naming third persons not directly involved. NO PREFERENCE DECLARED BY FDR IN COLORADO RACE Excellence Of US Government, Need Of National Planning Pueblo Topics' By WILLIAM B. ARDERV ABOARD PRESIDENT ROOSEVELT'S TRAIN EN ROUTE TO SAN FRANCISCO, July Roosevelt drew cheers from a Pueblo. Colo., crowd today with a statement "We don't want and are not going to copy other forms of government. .Ours is good enough for us." Roosevelt made the assertion after saying he thought that if stales could work- out their problems on the "common meeting ground'' of the federal government it would mean "wre can make democracy work." ADAMS AT SJDE The president had nothing to say about Colorado's democratic sena- torial primary, in which the Incum- bent, Alva B. Adams, is opposed by Judge Benjamin C. Hilliard of the Colorado s-jpreme court. Adams stood on the side of the president during the speech from ihe rear platform of Roosevelt's special train. Senator Johnson ID- Colo.) stood on Ihe other. Hilliard was In Kansas at the bedside of a brother. Roosevelt's silence on politics, even though he was speaking in Senator Adams' home town, left Colorado as one of but few slates through which he had passed with- out intimating preference in demo- cratic primaries. CITES ARKANSAS RIVER Governor Teller Ammons intro- duced the president at Pueblo. The president took occasion dur- ing his speech to mention that he Discussed problems of water con- servation with Governor Ammons. During his talk. Roosevelt took the Arkansas river as an example of a stream which presented a na- tional problem and thus called for national planning. Many people "in Ihe east, the president said, are surprised when they learn that the river begins west of Pueblo and runs hundreds of miles or more before reaching the Mississippi. "The river is not just the prob- lem of one state." or one com- munity, Roosevelt continued. It calls for national planning. This planning should include flood con- trol Irrigation and power develop- he added. Bedpost Notches Flood Safeguard NEBRASKA CITY. Neb.. July in the night may save Turkey Paxton and his son, George, from a watery grave in the flood-swollen Mis- souri river. They conllnue to live in Ihctr home across the river from here, although the muddy water is swirling through the house. They check the stream's rise by a series of notches cut in a leg of their bed, and during the night count the notches above water. Should the water reach the topmost notch, they plan a hur- ried exit- More Fish JAMESTOWN. N. Y., July 12.-W) like to catch one more fish before I give up this Axel William Johnson. 80. said today as he started on a fishing trip. A little while later he landed a 10-pound mnskellonge and then dropped dead of a heart attack. Veteran Albany Attorney Buried Samuel.C. Coffee, 70, Dies In Midst Of His Campaign ALBANY. July eral for Samuel Creed Coffee. 70. county attorney of Shackelford county and a resident of Albany for 29 years, was held at the First Baptist church Tuesday afternoon. Mr. Coffee died in the Stamford hospital Monday afternoon after an Illness of five days. FORMER BROWN JUDGE The Rev. W. M. Joslln, pastor of the church, officiated for the fun- eral, with assistance of the Rev. J. W. Shepherd, pastor of the Methodist church, and the Rev. J. A. Owen, pastor of Matthews Mem- orial Presbyterian church. Mr. Coffee was May 26. 1S68, at Bonham. He moved to Brownwood with his parents while young, and was graduated from Ragsdale college therej He mar- ried Elizabeth C. Keen at Brown- wood June 6. 1893. licensed to practice law when 25 years old, he had served as county judge of Brown county for (our consecutive terms. Late in 1909 he moved to Albany, and had served as county attorney at intervals for U years. He was candidate for reelection, without opposition, in the approaching primary. Mr. Coffee was a member of the Woodmen of the World and the Odd Fellows. BURY AT BROH'.VWOOn Survivors Include his wife. Eliza- beth C. Coffee; two sons, Dick Cof- fee ol Hereford, and John Coffee of Bis Spring; four daughters, Mrs. Llghtncr A. Burns ol El Paso. Mrs. William E. Key of Mineral Wells, See COFFEE, PK. 1Z, Col. 3 Flow Increases Ihrockmorton Well Estimate Wildcat's Potential Is Estimated Up To Bbls. Daily THROCKMORTO'N, July creased rate of flow In the dis- covery well of southwestern Throck- morton county's first deep oil pool today boasted estimates of its prob- able potential lo between 5.000 and 10.000 barrels dally. The wildcat, Jones Stasney and Groover Rose No. 1 Charles T. Brockman. about 18 miles southwest of here, was opened for its second flow today and blew oil high over the 60-foot spudder mast under an increased gas pressure. It was held open 15 minutes and again shut in. GAS PRESSURE HIGH A. V. Jones, member of the firm of Jones Stasney, Albany opera- tors ana geologists who are re- sponsible for the discovery, said he believed the well was as large as or larger than any completed In the northeastern Jones county Avoca' field. Jones A: Stasney'also are credited with geological work w.hlch led to the discovery of that pool a year ago. He estimated gas at between.. and cubic feet'per day, but said no pres- sure test had been taken. Frost appeared on the casing-head when the well wu opened, so great was the pressure. Two 200-barrel tanks had been erected at the well today but the flow was not turned into storage because connections had not been completed. Lines were being com- pleted late today, and two more 500-barrel tanks had been ordered. They will be set up Wednesday lor preliminary testing of the well through open casing flow. Determination of the pay horizon, taken ftom to 1-2 feet, See WILDCAT, Pg. 12, Col. 4 Market Swings Up With Brisk Buying NEW YORK. July stock market cast off its hesitancy of the past several days today wllh an abrupt upswing, accompanied by brisk advances in grains and several other speculalive commod- ities. Active buying swept through the market during the afternoon, boost- ing many leading shares to more than a share, as trading again reached a pace that delayed the quotalion ticker. Steels, motors, and miscellaneous industrials were in demand. Wall street gossip was again active over the steel wage situation, but reliable sources said that while U. S. Steel had Informally discussed the mat- ter with labor leaders, no formal move looking toward a cut had been made. Strength of commodity markets (he new street. wave of optimism in Wall IT'LL BE 'YOUR HONOR' BEFORE MANY MOONS Gov. James V. Allred' (right) is shown as he was commis- sioned Monday by President Roosevelt as judge of the fed- eral court of the southern dis- trict of Texas. president selected Wichita, former residence of the governor, to make the announcement as both spoke from the chief ex- ecutive's train. (Associated Press photo.) DAY AHEAD OF POST'S Hughes Hearing Yakutsk Alaska Is Goal Of Next Hop AmericbnslFVyl rig On Second Half Of Globe Girdler NEW YORK. July How- ard Hughes' .plane, racing around the world, reported by radio re- layed to flight headquarters tonlghl thai il expected to land at Yakutsk. Siberia, at a. m. (Abilene 11 hours 43 minutes after the take- off at Omsk on the fourth leg of the journey. Hughes reported "crew and ma- chine in perfect condition." LAST SOVIET STOP Hughes and his four 'round the world fltghl companions roared Into the Siberian from Omsk, Si- beria, at 4137 p. m. Tuesday (Abi- lene time) on the second half of their globe-girdling flight. They still were almost a day alusd of the 1933 flight schedule of the late Wiley Post, who circled the world in seven days, 18 hours and 49 minutes. Remote Yakutsk, on Ihe Lena river which empties into the Arctic nre wnicn-empties Into tne Arctic together with the Quick Pickup In Mean. ,s lne ,-J Sovlet st H he, steel production after the Inde- na5 on his dash around pendence Day week shutdowns, and thc reports of asharp reduction in auto- From ,herc ,ans t mobile dealers s locks helped along over lne tumWcd nngcs See HUGHES. Pg. 12, Col. 3 King George Able To Sit Up In Bed WINDSOR..England. July VI, sufficiently re- covered from a sudden attack of gastric influenza to sign' stale pa- pers In bed. sent Queen Elizabeth to London today to take his place at a presentation party in Bucking- ham palace. The monarch was on a slrict fluid diet and was forbidden to see vlsl-, tors. Propped up in bed with pillows, however, he telephoned Queen Mother Marj, his brother, the Duke of Kent, and other members of the royal family and conducted some .slate business. TICKET SALE Festive Coleman Ready For Opening Of Annual Four-Day Rodeo, Reunion COLEMAN, July and bunting fluttered on Coleman's main streets today as holiday fever reached a peak on the eve of the opening performance of the third annual rodeo Wednesday night. Reserve seals lor the first night were selling like hot cakes, accord- Ins to Sam T. Cobb, head of the rodeo association, indicating a crowd of at least 5.000 would be in thc stands. Thc rodeo will last through Saturday night. Members of the Coleman County Pioneers' association will meet in annual reunion all day Wednesday at the Camp Colorado replica In City park. b. E. Collins of Coleman. president, will be In charge. Thc day's program, beginning at 9 o'- clock, features an address by Cong. Charles Smith of Coleman at 11 o'clock. Two hundred old-tlmfrs are expected. A parade of sponsors and performers through the business section at 5 o'clock will announce the first show. It will begin prompt- ly at 8 o'clock, consisting of thc grand entry', bronc riding, introduc- tion of sponsors, special boys' event, wild cow belling, ladles' flag race, calf roping, steer riding and match- ed calf roping. The latter pected to prove one of the most In- jack Sellers of Del Rio against Clyde Burlc of Com- anchc, Okla.. with the champion- ship of Texas and Oklahoma al stake. Seven new sponsors have entered that contest, bringing the total to 21. Late entrants are Curly Stale, Batrd; Martha Louise N'ichols. Byrds; Lore Mae Shulcr. Brady; Mrs. Sam Wlndham. Rising Slar; Anna Lee Spires. San Angelo: Selma rodeo BROTHERS JOIN AFTER 55-YEAH SEPARATION COLORADO. July More than half n century 55 years, to be group of orphaned brothers and sis- ters said goodbye lo each other in Lexington. Tenn. They were divided among widely-separated relatives following the deaths ol their parents. A tew days ago Ihe two re- maining children, of that two brothers, saw each other in Mitchell county for the first time since that Jong-ito separa- tion. The reunion came when M. D. Hart. 60, of Lexington, journeyed west of the Missis- sippi for the first time In his life. He came to visit S. H. Valley View farmer in Mitchell county. The latter has been In Mitchell county 37 years. Van Nuys Wins Renotnination INDIANAPOLIS. July Without a murmur of opposition the democratic state convention to- day renomlnated Sen. Frederick Van Nuys. fighting foe of some New Deal measures, who until a week ago had planned to wage an In- dependent campaign for re-eleclion. Thus was completed a rapproche- which figured Paul V. McNulfs 1940 presidential chances Van Nuys and the party's Indiana organization, headed by Gov. M. Clifford Townsend. Not a Tipple of dissent was heard as Senator Van Nuys. estranged from the McNntt-Townscnd organl- for many months, was de- clared renominated by acclamation. The convention staged a riotous demonstration for McNutt for presi- dent and adopted a platform offer- Ing the former governor, now high commissioner to the Philippines, as a presidential nominee with whom "our party can proceed with full consciousness that every promise will be kept." Hereford Tour Taken By 200 Cattlemen Inspect Eight Herds; Hit Road Again Today Bj- 1IARRV HOLT Approximately 200 ly across Shack- elford. Callahan and Taylor coun- ties yesterday, visiting eight Here- ford herds to open the third of a series of lours sponsored by the Texa's Hereford Breeders associa- tion. The motorcade, composed of rep- resentatives from all points of the state. ilg-zagged through a wonder- ful orr-a, glistening In rich summer grass that Is Interrupted In Shack- elford cnly by oil wells and doited with farms in the other two. CATTLE IN GOOD SHAPE Smiles on tanned faces of the of both regis- tered nnd commercial as bright Ihe day's sun because of the brilliant outlook for the in- dustry, considering all things, per- haps the cattle business is better balanced lhan in years. During Ihe rounds, one torn- mission man offered seren rents per pound for heifer calves and eight cents for on a string- of 500 head. The owner grinned and expressed thanks for the offer, hut de- clined, .Many are of the opinion contracting will open at Ihil figure. Others believe It will be higher. Anjwav, it was pleasing CATTLE TOUR. Tf. 12. Col. 8 Officers Find Storyf Facts Fail lo Jibe Another Released After No Charges Filed TACOMA, Wash., July (AP) A man who State Patrol Chief William Cole said xmfessed the Mattson kidnap- slaying of 1936, was held to- night by authorities who re- ported the confession did not :ally with all known facts in. ;he case. The man, Identified by Cole as Prank Olson, 32, arrested at Ritz- "'Ille, Wash., yesterday, was held in. i downtown hotel while authorities )hecked his story in the death of Jharles Mattson, 10 who was slain by his kidnaper. OTHERS INVOLVED R. C. Suran, agent In charge of :he Seattle Federal Bureau of In- office, hurried here lo jartfcipate in the questioning of Jie man. He said he had "no com- ment" to as he left Seattle. Cole :ild Olson's story Involved several other persons, but added It did not check in several details' with known facts in the kidnaping 'Tor that reason." Cole said, 'Olson Is being questioned further and is being held without charge." The patrol chief said several per- sons mentioned by Cole had pro- duced alibis covering the period of the kidnaping. One man who WSJ! detained for investigation was re- leased after some questioning. Cole said Olson would be held, "for several hours, perhaps alt ntsht" while Investigation of case was conducted. Mrs. Mattson, reached on tfcj telephone, said her family had had. no notification an arrest had been made in the case.'' ANOTHER The-' Post -Intelligencer quoted Sheriff Melvin bestreich of Adams county and Capt. H. Morgan of the state patrol, as saying Olson surrendered to the sheriff at Rlti- vtlle, Wash., yesterday and after questioning said he kidnaped, and killed the Matlson boy a year and a half ago. Oljcn Implicated mother Ta- eomin, who taken custody after Olson brought by the to Tacoma yes- terday. Cole was quoted by the Post-InleK ligencer as saying every possible confirmation of Ihe confession would be sought before charges would-bs filed. 'We will be satisfied beyond any possibility of doubt that Olson ij really the Matlson murderer before we surrender him to Snohomlsh Cole was quoted. The Mattson boy's body, nude and CONFESSION, ft. 12, CoL 4 Two Break Jail BEAVEH. Okla. July David Ash and J. V. Russell of Aroa- rlllo. escaped Jail here today by crawling through a They were arrested July 3 and pleaded In nvlt Hlltalru JkMV HUQ plVttUta Swenson. Stamford, and Mrs. J. T. jnocent to a charge of robbing an Taylor, Loraine, i Ice plant cash register. I Delay Presentation Of FSA Checks A program for the presentation of farm tenantry purchase checks to have been held in Anson today has been postponed. Clarenci Symcs. Taylor and Jonr.t ttmntie rural supervisor, announced Tues day. The postponement was be cause of the death of Laura Love, associate regional director of the farm security adrtimtstration She was killed tn an automobile ac- cident at Ferris Monday. She waj Kheduled to appear on the pro- gram, which would have been spon- sored by the Anson Lions club and chamber of commerce. Symcs said the program would probably be held laler. The checks n-crr to be gii'fn to six Jones coun- ty farmers for the purcha.'e of farms, under a long-time payment plan. Order Beer Vote In Runnels July 30 BALLINOER, JUly The commissioners' court of Run- nels county in session Monday or- dered an election for Runnels coun- ty on July 30 on the question of the sale of beer. Petitions seek- ing the election had been presented the body. The petitions bore signa- tures of 411 qualified voters, al- though only 333 signatures were required. This will be the third ballot on this question, the last having been' taken April 24, 1937. The vote at that time was against permitting the sale of beer within the county. The Weather ABILF.NE and Fair torUy WIST TEX.IS -nd OK1.A1IOM.M erally fUr and KAST TEXAS: Faff and T day. MKXKO: TnirlUM trvlay Thursday, probably Illtfe rhBnre tn Uniprntnrr. of A. M. HOUR SR 91 81 M'Craw And O'Daniel Feud Merrily, Others Campaign Earnestly As Texas1 Political Heat Mounts Bj- the Associated Tress W. Lee O'Danlel asked yesterday If William C. McCraw's father did not run for office in Texas on the republican ticket, while McCraw demanded proof CVDantcl ever hart voled the democratic ticket In Texas. Mentioning ihe name of an op- ponent for the first lime during his campaign for Ihe gubernatorial nomination, ttv ivn Worth flour manufacturer told crowd McCraw was "attempting lo rekindle th: fires of sectionalism by calling me a Yankee carpeibagger." "Well, I was not a politician Ihcn. nor am I one now. and I did not know any better lhan to be born In Ohio where my mother happened to be. "Tell your friends lo him where own father iras born. I've lem loir! H was in another stale. By his rule, the jreat atlorncj- general la nnfft lo be governor. Ask him if his own father hasn't run for office in Texas on the republican ticket- died a list o: "contri- butions" of Ohloans to Texas his- tory, including, he said, representa- tion of the famous "Twin Sisters" cannon used by Texans in the war for Independence from Mexico. He said the voters were "grfng to spank llltle .Willie." Spcaklns at a Dallas picnic, Mc- Craw referred to O'Daniel as "Bis- cuit Leo" and said "the banjo boy should be Role to furnish sonic references when he applies for the Job." "Frankly, folks, I don't think he has any. In fact, I challenge him to Icll whether he ever voted Ihe democratic tlrkcl In Texas, and if so, when and where and by whom can hr prove It? "We can Judge a candidate by his campaign as well as by his pledge. What of Texas could for a moment conceive of the great Jim on the top of a truck tilth a flour sign on his back, singing Please Pass Ihe Biscuit'? What citizen of Texas could con- ceive of Sam Houston, who served as governor of Texas president of lhc Republic of Texas and Uunltec! Slates senator, answering an In- quiry as to some matter of slate politics by faying: 'Give >m some more music, McCraw Mid he expected O'Danifl, who has been con- ducting his campaign with Ihe help of his "hillbilly" orchestra, to go Into the second primary. "Tonight I recognize but one ad- silk shirt hillbilly from Port McCraw said. While McCraw snd O'Danle! feuded, other gubernatorial can- didates engaged tn intensive cam- paigning. I Ernest O. Thompson of Amarillo pledged in an addrtss at Lubbock his efforts to crcalc a state com- mission to regulale utility rates. "I want to tell you." he said, "as governor of Texas I am going to sljn a bill that will regulate all utilities In Texas." Support of Thompson was an- rtouncrd by Robert Lee Bobbilt, chairman of the state highway commlslon And former altorney scner.il or Tfxaj In s radio addrcfj i H Sail Antonio. R. D. Renfro stressed his "econ- omy p.nd efficiency" record as mayor of Beaumont In a speech at Austin. "We he said, "are not behind with our be- hind in efficiency in government, "The sentiment for Ihe Fort Worth flour man b a fire which will burn out. But U stems lo have smoke In Ihe roLmcs, col. I   

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