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Publication: Abilene Reporter News July 16, 1938

Abilene Reporter News (Newspaper) - July 16, 1938, Abilene, Texas WEST TEXAS' OWN    | NEWSPAPER st rn rn Wtft. Abilene Reporter “WITHOUT, OR WITH OFFENSE TO FRIENDS OR FOES WE SKE I CH YOUR WORLD EXACTLY AS IT GOES,”—Byron rn Inik'k EVENING VOL. LYU I, NO. 48. *»(<■>»< PRM (AP) ABILENE, TEXAS. SATURDAY EVENING, JULY 16, 1938—8 PAGES IMM PNM (VP) PRICE 5 CENTS OFFICE SEEKERS TAKE OVER PROGRAM FOR CLOSING DAY OF OLD S EHLERS REUNION BUFFALO GAP. July 16—Office seekers took over the program today as pioneers of this section brought to a close the 22d annual meeting of the Taylor County Old Settlers reunion. Candidates for every state, district and precinct office were on the grounds early this morning to present briefly their announcements before the thousands who milled about the four acre oak grove, the association's beautiful picnic site. The program was opened with a concert by the Abilene high school band under direction of Raymond T. Bynum. Address of welcome was made by Mayor Will W. Hair of Abilene. Candidates took over the platform at mid-morning and were booming out their pleas for votes until the lunch hour. CONTINUE IN AFTERNOON The political aspirants were to continue their announcements early this afternoon as the closing feature of the reunion. Yesterday’s program was turned over to the old timers. They heard talks and music throughout the day, and late in the afternoon Joined in the square dance at the platform in the park. Last night’s feature was a Chisholm Trail Boy Scouts Indian dance and "Covered Wagon’’ sketch, directed by Bd Shumway. The 60-year veterans included J. H. Christian, Wingate, 1878; H. Christian, Bronte, 1877; L. O. Fletcher, Abilene. 1878; Mrs. D. S. Kauffman, 1878; Mrs. S. A. Sharp, 1875; George Yost, Lawn 1878; J. T. Chittum, Hawley, 1878; J. G. Pinkston. Hawley, 1875; W. T. Bowman, Buffalo Gap, 1878; J. W Jin-sey, View, 1878: Mrs. J. W. Jinsey, See REUNION, Pg. 8, Col. 4 SNYDER GIRL REIGNS AS WESTEX GODDESS SWEETWATER, July 16. — A toast is due today to Wynona Keller of Snyder, for she is the reigning Goddess of West Texas. In the most closely contested selection in the nlstory of the goddess event here, Miss Keller triumphed over a field of 24 beauty representatives from West Texas towns, and won a photographic finish from Harriet Ann Pritchett of Colorado and Billie Natt Pittard of Anson. West Texas’ new goddess is 17 years old. five feet, three Inches tall, weighs 103 pounds, has light brown hair and brown eyes. She will retain her title until the water car nival next July, when she will lead the parade of beauties in the 1939 competition. To the accompaniment of cheers from 7,000 persons who had gathered at the field to watch the revue, the West Texas goddess crown was placed on Miss Keller’s head by George O’Brien. RKO western movie star who flew to Sweetwater from Hollywood for the occasion, and she was presented the goddess trophy. Accompanied by Joyce Whaley, named Miss Sweetwater in the city bathing revue Thursday night, Miss Keller will go to Galveston for a week's vacation with all expenses paid. Judging the beauties were Mrs. S. A. Parker Jr., of El Paso, Sen. Wilbourne Collie of Eastland; Perry Lieber of Hollywood, Calif., assistant publicity director for RKO; Bob Skelton of Houston, chief judge of the swimming contest today and tomorrow, and former Olympic breast stroke champion; and C. W. Allen of Dallas. DIFFICULT CHOICE Only five of the girls were eliminated after the first parade from See SWEETWATER .Pf. 8. Col. 6 CAPACITY CROWD DUE FOR COLEMAN FINALE COLEMAN, July 16.—A capacity crowd was expected tonight for the final performance in the third annual Coleman rodeo which already has drawn 15,000 spectators to view the roping, riding, and specialty events being featured. In yesterday’s competition, ll calf ropers saw “no time’’ chalked against their names, but others made good time in tying their calves. Low time for the night went to Clyde Burk of Comanche. Okla., 19.2 seconds, while Harold Jackson of Abilene spent 24.8 seconds for second low. In the flag race. Curley Seale of Baird placed first for the third consecutive time and established a new record of 19 seconds. She was closely seconded by Lucille Daniels of Jayton whose time was 19 8. The steer riding contest ended in a tie between Eddie Evans and Eddie Cameron, both of Houston, while J. J. Wilkerson of Abilene and Hobart Flowers of Oklahoma City placed third and fourth respectively. Best bronc ride of the night was made by Milt Moore of Comanche, Okla., on “Dynamite.’’ Eddie Cameron of Houston rode "Little Jimmy” to second position. Tops for cow-belling went to Frank Hoslick of Cameron for a 25.8 second time. Winners were not announced in the barrel riding contest, or boys’ calf riding event. STREET SQUARE DANCE CAPS JONES FIESTA ANSON. July 16.— 18pl.> —Jones county's three-day Folk Fiesta climaxes tonight with square dancing on the square. This feature of the celebration, which yesterday drew the largest crowd here Anson had ever entertained, is being arranged by the Cowboys’ Christmas Ball association, which each December stages the revival of the pioneer festivity made famous in Larry Chittenden's verse. This afternoon,' there was to be daytime fireworks, while throughout the day the atmosphere of merrymaking prevailed. A two-mile long parade which included three bands and delegations from Hamlin. Stamford and Lueders, as well as other points, was staged yesterday at 6 o'clock. Immediately afterward, Geneva Albritton of Hamlin was crowned queen of the 1938 Jones County Folk Festival. Members of her court represented Anson. Stamford, Lueders and Hamlin. The 1939 queen will be chosen from Stamford, the honor of reigning over the celebration being rotated among the four chief towns I of the county. Concluding last night’s program was an Old West fiesta and an old-time circus, at the new high school 1 stadium. Loyalists Stem Rebel Attacks Three Insurgent Armies Drive On Valencia HENDAYE, French-Spanish Frontier, July 16.—(UP)—Spanish loyalists held stubbornly despite attacks by nationalist shock troops and massed airplanes on the Mediterranean front today as the Spanish civil war ended its second year of slaughter. Three nationalist armies, under three crack generals, were driving southward and southeastward to take Valencia. As operations started at dawn, the 730th day of a war of Spaniard against Spaniard, a war that has ruined ancient cities, impoverished the country and engendered a consuming hatred, the nationalist left wing was 12 miles north of Sagunto —which the nationalists had hoped to enter in triumph today to mark the anniversary. Gen. Miguel Aranda, commanding the left wing of the nationalist line—nearest the coast—had his advanced positions at Chilches, 12 miles from Sagunto and 25 miles from Valencia. Gen. Garcia Valino, commanding the center, was at Espadan, a little more than 25 miles from Valencia. Gen. Jose Varela, commanding the right wing, was at Albentosa, 50 miles from Valencia on the Te-ruel-Sagunto road. It was necessary for Varela to advance another 20 miles along the road to Viver before it would be tfategically wise for Aranda to drive on to Sagunto. Pioneer's Sister Dies In Tennessee Mrs. R. W. Miller, pioneer Abi-lenlan, received a telegram today telling of the death of her only sister, Mrs. c. W. Clark, at Johnsonville, Tenn. Mrs. Clark died at 9:30 p. rn. Friday, and funeral will be held at 3 p. rn. today in Johnsonville.    "    * ® J. M. Morrisset of Clyde is the only surviving brother of Mrs. Clark.    © Tennessee was the old home al the family, Mrs. Clark being one V those who remained there while Mrs. Miller, and her husband, Mr. Morrissett and others came to West Texas. That was nearly 60 years i^o. Mrs. Clark had visited in Abilene a^ew years ago. WOULD COOPERATE Rev. Gerald B. Winrod, candidate for the republican nomination for the senate from Kansas, is shown as he spoke in Topeka, saying he "would cooperate in every way’’ if a proposed investigation of his campaign "would be a sweeping one which would include all my accusers.” FDR to Begin Cruise Today ABOARD ROOSEVELT SPECIAL EN ROUTE TO LOS ANGELES. July 16—(UP)—President Roosevelt headed today toward southern California where he will make two speeches before sailing late this afternoon in the Cruiser Houston from San Diego for a holiday in equatorial waters. He left El Portal, the gateway to Yosemite national park, where he spent yesterday motoring over mountain highways, last ni^ht. Mr. Roosevelt will speak first today in Los Angeles. The speech will be brief and extemporaneous. At San Diego, his speech will be in the nature of a greeting in connection with the dedication of a civic center. Mr. Roosevelt's cruise will keep him away from the United States until August 9. The first stop will be at the Galapagos islands, a remote outpost of the Pacific 500 miles west of the Ecuador coast. There he plans to remain for five days, fishing into the adjacent waters for sailfish abd marlin. Hundreds Fight Forest Blazes Flames Sweep Within Mile of Washington Town SAN FRANCISCO. July 16.— rUP) —Hundreds of men today fought forest fires on half a dozen fronts in the three Pacific coast states. In Washington 2.000 CCC youths and civilians were summoned to fight 80 fires in forests dried by weeks of rainless weather. The town of Ryderwood was threatened by a fire which had swept over 20.000 acres of timber land. Flames were within a mile of the town. One home was destroyed. Residents were prepared to leave. A spectacular fire was burning within 25 miles of Seattle on the Olympic peninsula. T. S. Goodyear, state forester, termed the situation the “worst possible.” Another large fire burned for more than two miles along Snoqualmie Pass highway in a 4,200 acre stand of trees acquired two years ago by the state as a reserve. Goodyear blamed campers and loggers for starting most of the fires, but in Oregon officials said heat lightning had set off several score blazes. Tax Equalizers Are Confirmed By Commission City Electrician And Engineer Get Pay Hikes Mayor Will W. Hair’s appointments for the 1938 tax equalization board were confirmed yesterday by the city commission. Named to the board w’ere Dr. J. O. Dodge, J. E. McKinzie and W. S. Daniel. Commissioner L. A. Sadler moved that the appointments be confirmed, with Dr. Dodge to be named chairman. The equalizers will hold their preliminary session starting Monday at 9 a. rn. SALARY RATES On motion of Commissioner Lucian Webb, the salary of Steve Williams, city electrician, was raised from $100 to $120 per month. A $10 raise for Tom Willis, assistant engineer, was included in the same motion at request of Commissioner L. A. Sadler. A car allowance of $10 per month for L. E. Derryberry, airport manager, also was voted. Chief of Police T. A. Hackney, who sits in on the council meetings most of the time, then brought up pay increases for policemen. He named five men for raises of $10 per month, from $90 to $100, pointing out that when they were hired, they were told they would build up to the $100 figure. This, said the chief, should be set as the maximum pay for police patrolmen, pointing out that on one beat he had one man working at $90, one at $105, and one at $115. He insisted on equalization. He also demanded that the council take action yesterday on the five $90 men. and work out the equalization matter later. “Raise them or take them off the pay roll,” he declared. Mayor Hair suggested that he make an analysis of the police payroll, showing the pay and duties of each man and that the matter be taken up next week. Chief Hackney rapped the commission sharply for failure to order purchase of stop signs, declaring “I come up here and make recommendations and that’s as far as it ever gets, and then people are on my neck.” Earlier he had told the commission that the chamber of commerce traffic committee had recommended that more than IOO new stop signs be put at street intersections in the city. The chief added that he believed 50 would get the job done. The commission had discussed the matter, and Webb had been instructed to get prices on stop signs. Hackney said he was “not encouraged1’ by that, so Mayor Hair made a motion to authorize purchase of 50 signs and a committee to make the purchase, in conjunction with the city attorney. This, because a Dallas firm has served notice of a patent infringement suit against the city for stop signs in use here, and the commission has been casting around trying to find signs which will not involve legal difficulties. Hair named Webb and Hackney to make the purchase. Bids will be received by the city See COMMISSION, Pg. 8. Col. 3 Texas Cotton Crop Under 1937 Size AUSTIN. July 16. i/P»—’The U. S. department of agriculture had reported today Texas cotton acreage in cultivation July I was estimated at 9,960.000 acres, 78 per cent of last year's acreage on the same date and the smallest acreage since 1908. The department said it would make its first forecast of this year s production as of August I. It reported increased acreage in important feed crops and no change in wheat and rice. The acreage of corn was put at 4.728.000 compared with 4,503.000 last year. Production of 85.104.000 bushels was forecast, compared with 72.048.000 produced last year. Wheat production was estimated at 35,397.-000 bushels, compared with 41.690,-000. The department said this year's oat production, at 34.875,000 bushels, was considerably above last year and about average. Harvest revealed lighter yields than were indicated in earlier forecasts. Former Utility Ruler Dies ON WAGE-HOUR OPPOSITION— Labor's Non-Partisan League Marks 40 Congressmen for Defeat in Blacklist WASHINGTON, July 16.—(Ah— Labors Non-Partisan League, headed by C. I. O. Chieftain John L. Lewis, put 40-odd congress members on a "blacklist” today and marked them for defeat. The opposition, It was indicated, wax based chiefly on the candidates’ stand on the wage-hour bill. The list included a majority of the house rules committee which kept that measure pigeon - holed for many months. It was this committee, too, which spiked Lewis’ attempt to force through congress in the closing hours of last session a contractor "blacklisting” bill. It included names of several men whom the A. F. of L. has endorsed. Among these were Senators Adams <D-Colo> and Lonergan (D-Conn) and Representatives Sumners (D-Tex) and Lamneck (D-Ohio). The league, spokesmen said, has rated congressmen "A,” “B,” “C” and “D," according to their labor views. E. L. Oliver, executive vice-president, said the following rules committee members were put in the "D” classification, which he described as the category for those to whom the organization is unalterably opposed: Representatives Cox of Georgia, Driver of Arkansas, Smith of Virginia, Clark of North Carolina, Dies of Texas and Lewis of Colorado, democrats; Martin of Hassachu-setts, Mapes of Michigan. Taylor of Tennessee and McLean of New Jersey, republicans. MRS. POST GREETS WORLD FLIERS This picture of Joe Crosson, famed mercy flier, and Mrs Wiley Post, widow of the first ’round-the-world filer, was taken in Fairbanks, Alaska, as tney greeted Howard Hughes on his stop there on his world-girdling flight. The picture was flown to New York by Hughes. COMMITTEE PROBES SPENDING IN BARKLEY-CHANDLER RACE Sen. Sheppard Promises Completion Before Kentucky Primary August 6 WASHINGTON. July 16— (JP) —The senate campaign expenditures committee undertook today to determine the truth of charges that public funds were being misused in the heated Kentucky primary contest between Senate Majority Leader Alben W. Barkley and Governor A. B. “Happy” Chandler. Chairman Sheppard <D-Tex), asserting the committee would make a thorough investigation, said the inquiry would be completed before the democratic primary Aug. 6 and would cover “the entire situation there.” Sheppard s statement was accepted generally ax meaning the committee would include in its investigation the handling of relief funds, disregarding the earlier Inquiry by the  *- Samuel Insull Collapses In Paris Train Early Reports Of Hit-and-Run Mishap Scuttled PARIS, July ic.—(AP) — Samuel Insull, 78, fallen $4,-000,OOO,(MX) ruler of Midwest Utilities empire, died suddenly early this afternoon. Officials said he collapsed from a heart attack in a subway train. RUSHED TO HOSPITAL Insull was taken by subway employes to the nearby Paul-Marmot-tan emergency hospital in the Etoile district. Mrs. Insull, in a state of collaps° when she reached the hospital, said that when she left their hotel apartment at noon the aging magnate told her he was going to write a few letters and then go to lunch. “I had told him never to take a subway because It was bad for his heart,” she said weeping. First reports when the formei financier’s body was brought to the hospital said he had been Hied In the street by a hit-and-run driver. Police however, said a neart ailment from which he had '•uffeied for several years had proved fatal. WIDOW COLLAPSES After collapsing when she saw the body, Mrs. Insull received restoratives and then at once sent a ; cable to her son. Samuel, Jr., in Geneval 111. notifying him of his father s death. Insull only last Monday reached Paris which four years ago was the first stop on his dramatic crosa-Europf flight t6 evade embezzlement charges growing out of collapse of his utilities empire in 1932. j This time he was on a pleasure trip to visit Mrs. Insull. samuel insull Works Progress administration. After the WPA inquiry, Administrator Harry Hopkins said only two minor instances of improper polit- , leal activity by WPA employes were disclosed. The senate committee was con- j sidering today an investigator for the inquiry. Sheppard said “the best man possible” would be select- j ed and given authority to question any officials, subpoena witnesses and conduct hearings. The committee decided on the Kentucky investigation yesterday on its own initiative. At the same time it voted to inquire into charges of an undisclosed nature regard-in the Pennsylvania senatorial campaign. It disclosed, too, that an investigation already was underway in Tennessee, but committee members would not discuss what prompted I it. The eves of the world were focused on Samuel Insull when his vast utilities empire—once valued at $4.000,000,000—collapsed in 1932. Removed from control of his extensive properties in June of that year, he retreated to Europe as the government and the state of Illinois examined his complicated affairs. He was charged with using the mails to defraud and violation of the bankruptcy act. While steps to return him were in progress, the power baron fled to Italy — thence to Greece and Turkey—but eventually was seized took I an<*    brought back to the    United States. , ..    ,    .    .    ,    , With 16 associates, he went to to halt an unparalleled series of es- : trlal    in thf fwlfral CQUrt    ^ chi. capes resulting    from crowded    con- cago    on the mail fraud    charge, dltions and a    lack of funds    with After a lengthy hearing,    fraught which to employ    an    adequate nuns- j    d*lalls of    Insull    s frantic bat- u*    t0 keeP his    companies    in oper- or guards.    ation th<?y wcre ^quitted on Nov. A company of    infantry,    equipped    24.    1934. with machine guns,    rifles    and gas    Insull subsequently    was    freed in Guards Move In on Prison Action Is Taken To Halt Series Of Escapes 16. FLORENCE. Aril, July (UP)-National guardsmen command of the state prison today bombs, arrived. It was indicated that it would immediately build a Senator Berry (D-Tenn) is op- I stockade near the prison in which posed for renomination by a field that Includes Tom Stewart, Winchester: J. Ridley Mitchell. Cookeville: John R. Neal. Knoxville, and Edward W. Carmack. Murfreesboro. Note Improvement in Business Sentiment NEW YORK. July 16. (£>>— Indi cations of a definite revival of trade still lack statistical support. Dun Sc Bradstreet had reported today in the weekly review of business, but occurrences of the week tended to { place more stress on the growing improvement in sentiment. “Launched from the improved June level,” the agency said, “the j rise in retail distribution was somewhat steadier and more evenly spread. Most of the increase in wholesale volume was provided by bookings at the numerous trade shows and tile extension of fall buying. “Lifting of summer schedules at j some plants and the recall of workers at a few of the major producing centers improved the outlook In records and men serving short to herd convicts who had been per' mitted to sleep outside the walls because there wasn't enough room for them inside. Twenty convicts had escaped in the last six weeks; five escaped Thursday. In placing the prison under martial law, Gov. R. C. Stanford said that “escape” was not the word with which to describe the method of departing of the missing convicts. They had simply walked away. The commanding officer of the regiment was placed in charge of the prison by the governor’s decree, superceding Warden John C. Eager who had informed the governor that there was “a situation which I can no longer control.” The prison has a population of 739, but omy 16 guards. Eager said its physical confines and equipment were adequate for less than half its number of inmates. For weeks 200 trustees—men with good the bankruptcy case, too Later the state tried Insull and his brother, Martin, on embezzlement charges. Again, they were freed by a jury. Through all the litigation, Insull maintained he had acted only in the interests of his companies. some industrial divisions.” The agency estimated retail sales for the country as a whole at from 2 to 7 per cent ahead of the preceeding week but from 6 to 14 per cent under the comparable week last year. terms—have been sleeping unguarded outside the walla. Residents of Jewish Village Are Armed JERUSALEM, July 16— <£*)—Authorities armed residents of a Jewish village and erected a machinegun emplacement at the entrance to Jerusalem’s old city today in the latest British moves to end 12 days of bloody racial terrorism. Kiriath Eliahu, a suburb of Haifa, where inhabitants are mostly French, was supplied with rifles and ammunition following representations of the French consulate general. The center of terror again shifted to Jerusalem with the killing of 12 and wounding of at least 29 in a bomb explosion among Arab peasants in David Street Market Place. Bond was set at $500 for Gaylon Stewart, arraigned before Justice of the Peace Theo Ash this morning on complaint charging him with driving while intoxicated. Wage-Hour Post To. New Yorker Administrator Satisfactory to Labor Groups WASHINGTON, July 16. (UP)— Elmer F. Andrews, 48-year-old New York state industrial commissioner and former civil engineer, was entrusted today with the task of putting a "floor” under wages and a "ceiling” over hours of all industries engaged In interstate commerce. Shortly after President Roosevelt had announced his appointment as administrator of the new wages and , hours law last night in California, Adrewx said that he had no hesitation about accepting the past. He promised that enforcement of the law "in the beginning, at least, will ba by cooperation rather than by police power.’* He has had long experience in similar work when Mr. Roosevelt wu governor of New York. Andrew’s served as deputy industrial commissioner under Miss Frances Perkins. He succeeded Miss Perkins aa commissioner when she became secretary of labor in 1933. He had announced his candidacy for lieutenant governor of New York in the election this fall but will withdraw his name now. Notified of the official appointment in New York he said that he would continue at his presell post another month and then begin setting up administrative machinery for the new law, which becomes effective Oct. 24. "I consider the wage-hour law the most important piece of legislation of the Roosevelt administration,” he said. “I feel certain that industry throughout the country will cooperate with the new federal agency.” President William Green of the American Federation of Labor was pleased with Andrews’ appointment. Chairman John L. Lewis of the Committee for Industrial Organization had "no comment.” From administration sources, however, it was learned, that the appointment was satisfactory to both groups. Brother of    Ross Sterling Is    Deod SAN ANTONIO, July 16.—(UP) — Frank P. Sterling. 69. retired vice president of the    Humble    Oil    and Refining Co. and    brother of    former Governor Ross Sterling of Texas, died in a hospital here today. Sterling’s home was at Houston. Hospital attendants said that Sterling became critically ill on July 12. They did not state the nature of his illness. The Weather Abilene «nd vicinity; Partly cloudy tonight. and Sunday. Went Texas inch of 100th meridian*: Parti/ cloudy, pol ably local hundershow-ers in extreme    portion tonight and Sunday. East Texaa    ot 100th meridian): Partly Pouch tcnisUt and Sunday; local thundcrfho'vem near upper coast Sunday. Htgheet temperature yesterday, 98; lowest this morning, “8. 1,000,000 VOTE FORECAST— Order Restored in Pittsburgh Section PITTSBURGH, July 16.— </PV-Police restored order early today in Pittsburgh turbulent northside after a second wild night of street rioting between laces that resulted in the wounding by gunfire of a detective and a negro and the arrest of at least 40 persons. Those under arrest were held for hearings today on charges of inciting to riot. In another outbreak in the north-side’* west park—where police say the ill feeling between the whites ! and negroes arose during the sum- i mer over use of recreational facili-1 ties—one man’s skull was fractured. | O Daniel Win Would Be Firs) in Primary AUSTIN, July 18.—(UP)— Predictions ere being heard today that W. Lee O’Daniel, Fort Worth flourman, will give Texas political history a new "first ’ on next Saturday.    *' Just as he came out of the political no-where to set the pace in the democratic primary race for governor, many now assert he will win the party nomination without a run-off election. If he does .it will be the first time the feat has been accomplished by a candidate for governor seeking a first term. Majority nomination was re quired first in 1920. Since then Governors Neff. Moody and All-red won re-nominations in the first primaries. Interest aroused in the election as Atty. Gen. William McGraw. Railroad Commissioner Ernest O. Thompson and Tom Hunter seek to head off O’Dan-iel or get into the run-off with him forecasts a total vote in excess of 1,000,000 on July 23. Poll tax payments for the year are behind those for the last democratic primary election but many believe the total’vote cast will be greater than that election’s 1.071.000. The 1,071,000 votes were cast for the late O. S. Lattimore who was elected judge of the court of criminal appeals without opposition. Poll tax payments made in time to qualify voters for this year's election numbered 1,133.-704 compared with 1,172,1\6. How many more legal voters there may be is a guess. The exact number cannot be known because persons exempt from poll tax because of age need not take out exemption certificates unless they live in communities of 10,000 population or more. Some add 15 per cent to poll tax payments to calculate the total possible vote. ;

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Publication: Abilene Reporter News

Location: Abilene, Texas

Issue Date: July 16, 1938