Abilene Reporter News, July 14, 1938

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July 14, 1938

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Abilene Reporter News (Newspaper) - July 14, 1938, Abilene, Texas WIST TEXAS' NEWSPAPER GRfje Hbtlme Reporter •    “WITHOUT, OR WITH OFFENSE TO FRIENDS OR FOES WE SKETCH YOUR WORLD EXACTLY AS IT GOES,"—Byron• • « ★ ★★ IEVEHIM6 VOL LYU I, NO. 46. <ar» ABILENE, TEXAS. THURSDAY EVENING, JULY 14, 1938 -TEN PAGES. OIIM Presa IVD PRICE 5 CENTS TIME THREE DAYS. 19 HOURS AND 16 MINUTES—HUGHES HALVES RECORD FOR GLOBE-GIRDLING DASH WATERMELON TO SMILING BATHING BEAUTIES ON WEST TEXAS ENTERTAINMENT PROGRAM THIS WEEK END West Texas Is in an entertaining mood this week end-ready to offer for the pleasure of 100,000 any festivity from luscious watermelon to smiling bathing beauties. Here s a word prevue of the program for these four days: COLEMAN—Pour nights of West Texas rodeo, bucking broncs and real cowboys. Opened Wednesday night to run through Saturday. First crowd 6.000; four nights may touch 24,000 to 30.000. ANSON—Tntrd annual Folk Fiesta, starting with pageantry and fireworks at 8:30 tonight at the ranch of Larry Chittenden, range poet who brought fame to this section with his “Cowboys Christmas Ball,” the revival of thLs event having claimed national attention. The Climax to the celebration comes with square dancing on the square .Saturday night. Last year’s celebration drew 10,000; there may be more this year. BUFFALO GAP—Back to the birthplace of Taylor county are trekking early settlers (and new comers, too) for the annual Taylor County Old Settlers Reunion Friday and Saturday. Pioneer Day (Friday) is expected to attract 20.000, while Candidates day (Saturday) will draw half that number, it was predicted. It’s the first time a two-day event has been arranged but the program offers everything from speech-making to basket lunches, swimming, fiddle music, square dancing. Tom Bledsoe is president of the reunion association. SWEETWATER — Four-day water festival opens tonight, with Sweetwater’s bathing beauties parading at the high school stadium for the honor of representing their home city Friday night in the “Goddess of West Texas.” Fifty fair maids from as many fair cities and towns of West Texas will participate in the Friday promenade. Saturday comes the Gulf AAU water tournament .with finals scheduled for Sunday. The crowds—predictions range from 20,000 to 30,(KW for *Yhe four days. The prospects indicated such great attendance that the beauty promenades were moved from the municipal swimming pool to the high school stadium. RISING STAR—Ice cold watermelon on the rind tonight at 8 o'clock in the high school stadium. More than a thousand pounds of the famous Black Diamond on ice for Rising Star folk and their guests. The cutting of the melons takes place following a band concert and afterward mere will be ball games. This, because Rising Star shipped 700 tons of melons last year, and has more than 800 acres of the red-meated fruit getting ready to pull this year. Eight trucks went out last night to Denver, Colorado, The melons also go by truck from here to New Mexico, Kansas and other states. The crowd— it s expected to be huge, but no figures were set because this is Rising Star’s first watermelon See FETES, Pg. J, Col. 4 Shower Breaks Torrid Wave Mercury Skids 15 Degrees as JO Inch Falls Rain—a scurrying local shower— brought Abilene relief at 12:40 today from a heat wave that produced 100-degree temperature Wednesday afternoon and threatened to repeat this afternoon. The moisture was officially measured at the weather bureau at .10 inch. The mercury quickly dropped from 95 degrees, to 80 after the shower moved in from the north. A check at Anson showed there was no rainfall there. Tonight's forecast is for partly cloudy weather with lower temperature. Heat of the 100-degree variety did not reach Abilene until July 4. That day the mercry soared to IOO, and the daily maximum through July 7 was IOO or more. The season’s high is 103. Yesterday was the only additional day of 1938 with the mercury reaching IOO. General Rains Fall In Panhandle Area AMARILLO, July 14.—(AV-General rains last night and early today brought more moisture to a big section of the Panhandle than had fallen In any month of July in the past seven years. There was no wind or hail and little lightning. Th# rain, little more than a heavy drizzle, slowed the wheat harvest but caused no damage. It was of great benefit to row cnjps and the range. The rain covered a territory from Muleshoe, Dimmitt and Hereford on the southwest to Spearman on the northeast and brought moisture to eastern New Mexico, the Oklahoma Panhandle and parts of the dust bowl section of Kansas. Rites Held for John Hardaway Funeral service for John F, Hardaway, vice president and general manager of the West Texas Cottonoil company, who died Tuesday morning after two years of ill health, was held at St. Paul Methodist church this morning at tan o’clock. . In charge of the service was Dr. W. M. Murrell, acting pastor in the absence of Dr. C. A. Long. He was assisted by the Rev. Willis P. Gerhart, rector of the Episcopal Church of the Heavenly Rest a long-time friend. Choir of St. Paul’s was assisted by Mrs. Ina Wooten Jones, soloist. Burial service was held at the graveside.. Floral tributes were many and beautiful, overflowing the chancel and choir loft. .,* Woman Injured Mrs. James J. Bradford of Knoxville. Tenn., was In Hendrick Memorial hospital this afternoon with a broken arm, result of an automobile collision at ll a. rn. on highway 80, near the eastern city limits. Her husband who was driving the car. was unhurt. Driver of the other machine figuring in the crash, A* C. Kyle, was bruised and shaken. NEW PERFORMERS TONIGHT— TWO BEAUTIES IN SWEETWATER REVUE Coleman Rodeo Draws 6.000 Fans 'KIDNAPER' INSANE The Weather ABILENE and vicinity: and somewhat unsettled tonight and rn Partly cloudy Bay. not quite so warm tonight West Texas Partly cloudy tonight and JYlday, allghtly warmer In Panhandle Fri day. Eaat Texas: Partly cloudy tonight and Friday, unsettled at time* in north portion; not quite so warm In northwest portion tonight. Highest temperature yesterday ...IOO Lowest temperature this morning ..77 CS — ->    31 f I • V lf TEMPERATURES Wed Thurs. p.m. 1      »« 2      97 3      98 4       99# 5     WOO 6   08 7      06 8   02 0<$».... 80 10    .....    86 11      88 Midnight..... Noon .,. • rn*pwi    Sunrise .. UNSETTLED sunset .. 6:3t) p.m. 6:30 a m. Dry thermometer    OS    77 Wet thermometer    72    67 Relative humidity    20    V    60 Ratnfanio. a.m. 82 60 79 78 78 77 78 80 84 88 •I . ..    84 . ..    95 . . .5:42 .7:47 rn. A man (above), who gave the name of Frank Olson among others, had "no part in the crime” of kidnaping Charles Mattson. William Cole, chief of the Washington state police, said in Tacoma after he had questioned the man extensively concerning his “confession” to the crime and pronounced him insane. (Associated Press Photo) Jap Bombs Kill 150 in Canton 500 Others Hurt In Third Day of Aerial Attacks CANTON, China, July 14 Japanese aerial bombs killed probably 150 persons and injured 500 others in this South China City today, the third successive day in which Japanese warplanes have attacked. Eighty-three dead were counted between the east bund and Honan island alone as rescue squads pulled mangled bodies of men, women and children from wrecked houses. Gruesome scenes resembled those of last month's bombings in which hundreds were killed. Thirty seven Japanese air raiders appeared shortly after daybreak, directing their attacks toward the Pearl r iver brigade and the old power plant. Near the bridge, on the east bund, one bomb struck the center of a crowded vegetable market, and 34 shattered corpses were counted there. The only living thing appeared to be a pet monkey, chained to a tree. Crossing the bridge to Honan, one saw 49 bodies laid out on the sidewalk. Trucks carried wounded to hospitals, where some of the injured died before medical aid could be had. The Associated Press correspondent had to tie a handkerchief across his face to keep out sickening smells in bombed areas. From the ruins of one house there was a cry, then sudden silence, indicating one more dead. Naw Civil Aviation Board Organizes WASHINGTON, July 14.—(>T»)— Members of the new civil aeronautics authority gathered today to organize what some administration advisers call a model regulatory agency. In a sense, it is President Roosevelt's long-delayed reply to a supreme court decision which blocked any White House control over the executive functions of independent agencies. The new body differs from similar agencies, such as the interstate commerce commission, in that it consists of an independent administrator as well as a commission. This administrator is responsible to the president and exercises all the agency’s executive authority. 113 Cowhands Bld for Prizes Keen Competition In First of Four Big Performances Bv NU INEZ WI SCHR AEM PER —Reporter-News Staff Writer COLEMAN. July 14.—A new slate of cowboys will be aboard bucking broncs and mean Brahmas in the second performance of Coleman's third annual rodeo tonight. Their times and scores will stand against those of last night s in determining first money winners of the big summer show which attracted a record breaking crowd of 6.-000 to its opening program Di-! vision of the purse in most events Into two day monies was made necessary by the entry list of 113 contestants. The first night’s capacity crowd gave rise to predictions from rodeo officials that total attendance for the four-night show would approach 24,000 persons. The premier performance wax a rousing success from every angle. The crowd jammed both stands and overflowed along the east sidelines as a cool, refreshing breeze wafted ocer Hufford field. There was no dust to mar the comfort of the gallery, because the smooth grass-carpeted football gridiron formed the rodeo arena. Animals were mean enough to give their mounts rib-rattling rides, but the cowboys were tougher than average too and stuck with most of the critters. BUCKING FORD Many events on the program competed for keenest attention. Charles Bhultz and his bucking Ford and trained donkey added spice to the SM COLEMAN, Pg. 19, Col. 7 Kimble Man Dies of Wounds; Probe Due SONORA. July    14.—(JR)—Bert Jones, owner of a grocery store at Roosevelt, Kimble county, died here today of wounds shortly after he was brought from a camp on the IJano river. Sheriff B. W. Hutcherson said Jones’ throat had been cut. J The sheriff said he was going to Camp Allison, where a two-day bar- j becue and celebration was in prog- 1 ress. to investigate the affair. Hutcherson said Jones, his juglar vein and muscle in the throat sev- « WILD WEST'S SPORT PACKS GRANDSTANDS COLEMAN. July 14—Coleman residents, not unlike other West Texans, take to a rodeo like a duck takes to water. What it is about a rodeo that makes them consistently draw larger crowds than football games in this section can’t be summed up In one sentence, perhaps not In one page. Maybe It is the sheer uanger of the western sport that attracts full galleries—like the prospect of seeing a cowboy get his neck broken in a fall from a bucking bronc, or being stomped by a raging Brahma bull. Savory thoughts. Regardless of what the appeal Is. rodeos will never lose it. They will pack ’em In for time Immemorial. This one here packed in no less than 6,000 last night in the first performance of the third year, and that’s enough to qualify the event as full grown. Everybody—or nearly everybody—was happy last night. President Sam T. Cobb of the rodeo association was happy; he scanned the 6,000 spectators in the stands time and time again, and looked as if he would like to take each one of them to his heart. Dr. Eldon Knox was happy although his personal friend, Governor R. W. Lee he of Louisi- See SIDELIGHTS, Pg. 5. Col. 6 Blaze Razes 5 Odessa Stores The board is responsible to congr^s 4*nd its duties are confined to quoA-T Judicial and legislative' actions. ODESSA, July 14. <Spl)—Fire of undetermined origin destroyed five business establishments here last night despite the efforts of firemen to bring the blaze under control. Starting in the Lee-Tex Qffice supply store between 8:30 ard 9 o’clock, the blaze raged for *3 minutes, wiping out the Broadway Liquor store. Broadway Drug store. Broadway Barber shop and Jimmy’s cafe in addition to the Lee-Tex building. All five of the structures were adjoining fronts on West Second street, rout*- of highway 80 through the business district. Adjacent buildings were not damaged. Seadlund Pays Life in Kidnap Second to Die Under Federal Lindbergh Law CHICAGO. July 14.—(4*>—John j Henry Seadlund paid with his life today for the crime of kidnaping. The 27-year-old lumberjack, confessed abductor of Charles S. Roes and confessed killer of the man who helped him commit the crime, was electrocuted at 12:08 a. rn. <C8T) in the Cook county jajl. Shaved and masked, Seadlund walked tensely into the execution chamber almost unaided. “You don’t have to hold my arms,” he told the guards on each side of him. He was the second man to be executed by the federal government under the Lindbergh kidnap law. The first was Arthur Gooch, 27, hanged at McAlester, Okla., June 19, 1936, for kidnaping two peace officers at Paris. Texas, while attempting to avoid arrest. Twenty-five witnesses saw Seadlund die. Among them was Severin E. Koop, a Crosby, Minn., undertaker selected by Seadlund to carry his body back to his home in Ironton, Minn. Seadlund s last hours were spent in a spirit of fatalism. Those who saw him said he expressed no regret, voiced no bitterness He fitfully read the Bible and talked With the jail chaplain. In his death cell, an hour and a half before the execution, he partook of a light lunch. Seadlund and James Atwood Gary, his 19-year-old accomplice, kidnaped Ross in northern Illinois last Sept. 25. They took the 72-year-old retired manufacturer of greeting cards to a hideout in Wisconsin's north woods, near Spooner. There, Seadlund confessed to agents of the federal bureau of investigation, he killed Gary during a quarrel. Ross was fatally injured in the struggle. Seadlund said, so he shot him. too. Hickman Appointed Texas Patrol Chief Bidding for the title of "Goddess of West Texas” tomorrow night at Sweetwater will be Helen House Baker of Cisco, left, and Frances Henson of Highland, right, two of the 30 West Texas beauties entering the beauty revue. Winner of the event is to be crowned by George O'Brien, RKO picture star who is to arirve at Sweetwater airport tomorrow afternoon at 5:15 p. rn . and will receive an expense-paid vacation of one week at Galveston. She will be accompanied by Miss Sweetwater, who is to be selected at a local bathing revue tonight. ered. staggered to a dance platform SLS?    lhLSUrrTdlng I notV"availsblU thls woods, saying he had been cut. The body was taken to San An gelo. Fugitives Captured After Gun Battle LIVINGSTON, Mont., July 14.— (4*1—Posses of sheriff's officers waged a gun battle in the Crazy mountains of south central Montana this morning to capture 13 boys and girls who Sheriff Taylor M. Darroch said admitted they escaped Sunday night from the South Dakota industrial school. Two of the group—a boy and a girl—suffered bullet wounds In the battle and were taken to a hospital at Big Timber, Mont. A third, also taken to the hospital, was wounded yesterday by a sheriff’s bullet. AUSTIN. July 14—(4*)—Capt. Fred Hickman of the Texas highway patrol today was appointed chief of the patrol, succeeding L. G. Phares who was relieved of his duties sev-Accurate account of damages was erai months ago. morning, but Col. H. Carmichael, public safety were estimated at department director, announced the and $7,000. while ' appointment, adding Hickman was "one of the most outstanding traffic and criminal officers in the state.” Hickman said the appointment ment came as a complete surprise to him. PHILLIPS CLINGS TO NARROW LEAD IN OKLAHOMA PRIMARY Murray Runs Third in Gubernatorial Race; Thomas Assured Renomination OKLAHOMA CITY. July 14—<4V-Leon C. (Red* Phillips affable, cigar-smoking new dealer, maintained a comparatively small but steady lead today over W. 8. Key, another supporter of the policies of President Roosevelt, in the democratic gubernatorial primary. Trailing in third position was former Governor W. H “Alfalfa Bill** Murray, outspoken critic of the new deal policies. There is no runoff. With only a handful of precincts missing. Phillips showed a slightly greater strength in the latest ballot totals. The former speaker of the state house of representatives had  --——— building losses between $5,000 and $7,000, while stock and fixture losses were expected to bring the total to between $15,000 and $18,000 One Killed os Car And Truck Collide SAN ANTONIO. July 14 i4*>—A freight truck-automobile crash on the Austin highway last night resulted in the death of Thomas Lee Bartfield. 29. of Dallas, as Bexar county traffic claimed its 43rd victim of the year. Bartfield was driver of the truck which collided with an automobile driven by Henry Poage, 20. of San Antonio. Poage suffered a possible fracture of his skull and was reported in a serious condition. Doctrine Proclaims Italians as Aryan ROME. July 14. 14»t~ A ten-point fascist doctrine of race similar in many respects to Nazi Germany's aryanism was published today under the auspices of the ministry of popular culture. The doctrine proclaimed Aryan supremacy and affirmed the Italian race's right to call itself Aryan. It declared Jews "do not belong to the Italian race.” LIKE FATHER, LIKE SON— Senior Hughes Was Some Speedster In His Time -I LOS ANGELES. July 14.—<4>) —Spiced is in the Hughes blood. While Howard Hughes winged over North America today on the last stages of a 'round-the-world flight, Barney Oldfield dug back into history—to 1905 when Howard Hughes Sr. also made a bld for a speed record. The father was like the son. ^aid Oldfield, onetime king of ^Tiuto racers. Hughes Sr., a millionaire oil man, wanted to beat his friend, Col. E. H. Green, owner of several fast cars, and son of Hetty Green. “He sure knew all there was to know about mechanical things in those days.” Oldfield declared. “He took a 1905 model Peerless, 35 horsepower, four-cylinder touring car and wasn’t content until he rebuilt it and beat Col. Green's machines. “Mr. Hughes 'hopped up’ the motor and built a special water tank on the side so there would be sufficient water to take care of the added heat from the increased compression. “His car would travel over the dirt track at the fairgrounds in Dallas, Texas, at a mile a minute—real speed for that time. He drove in the ’gentlemen’s races’ for a trophy. “Howard comes by his love of fast airplanes naturally His dad s hobby was speed, too.” 177.873 votes in unofficial returns j from 3,516 out of 3.522 precincts. Key former sUte ’ WPA administrator, had 175.056, just a lit- , tie more than 3,-000 votes behind the pacemaker. At one time Key had cut the lead to about 1.800. Murray, who drew an indirect residential refer- | ence as “nation- I ally known as a republican.’’ was a poor third with PHILLIPS 146.117. Democratic nomination for gov- I I emor is considered equivalent to ' election—no republican has ever served in the office. In the senate race which had been looked upon as the first test of the president's political speaking tour, white-haired Senator Elmer Thomas ran away from his opposition. Mr. Roosevelt said a "few kind words” for Thomas in a speech here Saturday and referred to him as “my old friend." I The senator was assured of the democratic nomination palling 207.-245 votes to Rep. Comer Smith's 159.723 and New Deal Governor E. W. Marland's 96,472 in unofficial mums from 3,046 precincts. B- Count Anxious To See His Son Injuries Fato^ RUSK. July 14 (UP)—P. A. Roy. 18, died today from injuries received when he dived into a river while on a swimming party July 4. LONDON. July 14—<4>v—Count Court Haugwitz-Reventlew decided today to remain in London until he has seen his young son Lance, mentioned as the cause of trouble that may lead to a Danish divorce of the count and the former Barbara Hutton. The 42-year-old Danish count was said to have declared he was “anxious ’ to see the handsome blond boy, but at a court hearing yesterday the nobleman promised not to visit the London mansion where Lance is under heavy guard nor attempt to communicate with Countess Barbara. “I am making no statement on the advice of my solicitors,” the London News Chronicle quoted Haugwitz-Reventlow ax saying. “But I have not seen my son for four weeks and I am anxious to do so. The matter is being handled by my lawyers and until it is settled I shall know no more than you do.’’ The paper said the count's secretary stated the count would make legal application for permission to see the son “if necessary.” & Since the mother, heiress to The Woolworth fortune, already ®*has made Lance a ward in chancery, muting him beyond control of eith-W parent. Any meeting of the father and son probably would require court sanction. Wildly Cheering Crowd Greets Fliers in N. .Y Plane Driven At Full Speed On Final Hop FLOYD BENNETT AIRPORT, NEW YORK. July 14. —(AP)—Howard Hughes and his four fellow world girdlers landed at Floyd Bennett airport at 1:36 p. rn. Eastern Standard time (12:36 Abilene time) today with a smashing new round the world record of less than four days. EASY LANDING The big silver monoplane circled the field twice before coming down to an easy landing before a wildly cheering crowd. The official elapsed time for the dash around the globe was set unofficially at 91 hours, 16 minutes, or three days, 19 hours and 16 minutes. The multimillionaire speedster whipped in from the west under a threatening overcast sky with a record that more than halved the seven day. IS hours, 49 minute round the world time established in 1933 by the late Wiley Post, a mark then regarded as sensational. Hughes drove the ship at full ■peed on the last lap of the flight from Minneapolis to Floyd Bennett airport, whence he took off at 9:29 p. rn., (EST) Sunday. A spanking tall wind helped him along. His speed for the elapsed time was approximately 161 miles per hour. A fire whistle let go with a screeching blast as the aerial argonauts set their plane down on the concrete runway and taxied toward, the administration building. Hundreds of automobile horns Joined in a tumultuous ’WWComing. CROWD GLIMPSES HEROES Despite elaborate precautions to protect the plane .a surging crowd drove through to get a close-up glimpse of the unshaven, dishevelled heroes. Hughes apparently did not notice a path which had been cleared for him and he taxied toward a com crc is I transport plane, which was immediately moved. Hughes and his companions’ last stop before New York was at Minneapolis. Minn., at 7:38 a. rn. (EST) after a 2.441-mile flight from Fairbanks, Alaska, over the Canadian Rockies, down the great wastes of the Yukon and the barrens of northwest Canada. After a 33-minute halt at the airport there they roared off at top speed for New York. A strong tail wind shoved the ship along at high speed over this 1,054 mile last lap. They were reported at various points along the route, their progress cheered by the crowd which had gathered at Floyd Bennett field. It was estimated by officials at about 25.000. WHALEN GREETS FLIERS Grover Whalen, president of the world’s fair. 1939, for which the flight was designed as a good will venture, was the first to greet the filers. In striking contrast to the tired fliers, he entered the plane Immediately after it came to a stop. Following him came Mayer F. H. LaGuardia, himself a flier of World war daya The impeccably dressed Whalen presented two large baskets of flowers. Hughes took his time about emerging from the plane, stepping partly out once and then returning. At 1:47 p. rn., E. S. T., ten minutes after the ship landed, Hughes stepped down, followed by his four companions. Those who accompanied him on the flight were Lieut. Harry P. Mc-Connor, navigator; Lieut. Thomas L. Thurlow, navigator; Edward Lund, flight engineer, and Richard Stoddard radio engineer. The plane had come to rest on exactly the same spot from which it started Sunday afternoon. Police found it impossible to control the mass of humanity which See HUGHES, Pg. 9, Col. I Y Just Y in Allred's Name AUSTIN, July 14. (UP)—Gov. James Burr V. Allred today revealed that is his full name. The “V” never was more than an initial, Governor Allred said. He was named for relatives. They were James McCracken, Burr Wright and V. Camp. Because he objected to so man^ initials and so long a nam* the governor as a boy dropped the Burr. Revelation of his complete name wai made today when the governor waa shown a copy of Time calling him James Valentine Allred. ;

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