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Publication: Abilene Reporter News July 22, 1938

Abilene Reporter News (Newspaper) - July 22, 1938, Abilene, Texas WEST TEXAS’! NEWSPAPER®fje Htnlme deport cr-ixtles‘WITHOUT, OR WITH OFFENSE TO FRIENDS OR FOES WE SKK IC YOUR WORLD EXACTLY AS IT GOES"—Byron VOL. LVIII. NO. 54. AiNdiM Fre«i (AP) ABILENE, TEXAS. FRIDAY EVENING, JULY 22, 1938-TWELVE PAGES Cnlted (IIF) PRICE 5 CENTS FED BY HEAVY RAINS—Rampaging Rivers Threaten Brady and Menard CORRIGAN FINDS IRISH COLLEENS HARDER TO EVADE THAN MONEY OFFERS DUBLIN, July 22 — (UP)—Two hundred girls mobbed Douglas Corrigan, Transatlantic “wrong direction” flier, on one of the main streets of Dublin today. Corrigan was coming out of a tailor shop where he had been measured for a suit when the girls descended on him, frantically trying him at the cufb and make a Corrigan had to fight his way to a United States legation car awaiting him at the curb adn make a fast getaway. Corrigan, who shipped his $900 “crate” home yesterday, said today he was “shocked” by the snggestlon that he go on the stage to make money out of his flight. He rejected many money-making offers. An invitation he said he will not reject, however, was one to a corned beef dinner to be given in his honor by the Chicago “Corrigan society. ’ Corrigan said he was “not particularly” anxious to go back home because he was enjoying himself "tremendously.” He said that he would go to London Monday or Tuesday to visit a number of airplane factories and j “make a general tour” and then come back to Dublin before sailing for home. ' He went shopping again today with United States Minister John Cudahy and bought more clothes for his London trip. Another one he accepted was to lead a parade in his honor through Brooklyn borough New York City starting from Floyd Bennett airport where he took off for Los Angeles and landed in Ireland. Most of the offers came from the United States. One would have paid him $15,000 for a 500-word magazine article entitled “Why Young Men Should Fly.” ‘This would be commercialising my flight and I’m not going to do it," Corrigan said. Then, referring to general newspaper and magazine offers, Corrigan said: "They are looking for exclusive stories and offering to play plenty of money. But the people should get the news without fellows like me having to sell it.” He was extremely annoyed by reports that he had received $2,000 for a radio broadcast to the United States and reiterated that “money has no interest for me." Corrigan sails from Queenstown (Cobh) a week from tomorrow aboard the United States liner Manhattan. He will arrive August 5 in New York, where “the poorest navigator in aviations history,” according to his own version of the amazing "mistake” flight, will be given a welcome in the New York manner. Forest Flame Loss Credited To Arsonists RAGING WATERS CAUSE CLOSING OF SEVEN HIGHWAYS IN STATE San Angelo-Brady Traffic Detoured Through Coleman; Scouts Marooned Inexperienced Fire Fighters Weeded Out by Canadians BRADY, July 22—(UP)—Danger of a severe flood here lessened this afternoon for the second time within two days. Brady creek suddenly receded tnree feet after having risen near the top of the levee during the morning. Heavy rains slowed to a drizzle. IN GUBERNATORIAL RACE— Million Debate How to Cast Ballots Estes Jousts TRUSTEE CHOICE With Allred Publisher Sends Wire Challenging To Radio Debate HE'S RUNNING TO MUSIC By United Press. One million Texans tried to decide today whom of 12 candidates they would nominate for their governor at the first democratic primary Saturday, When polls in the 254 counties open at 7 am. Saturday, the million voters also must select nominees for ll other statewide offices. Texas democrats also must name ll congressional candidates and nominees for their district and county offices. In the other IO congressional districts the present representatives are the only candidates and therefore are assured of renomination and reelection. As polling places were aet up ready for a record vote. State Democratic Chairman Myron Blalock of Marshall warned all election officials to guard against Illegalities and irregularities. He declared that negroes would not be permitted to vote in the primary, and urged officials to check carefully all voting by affidavit. Officials predicted that before the polls close at 7 p.m. Saturday Texans would have witnessed the most heated primary election in many years. Candidates today had allowed caution to go with the winds. In hometown rallies last night, they | freely attacked their opponents, y Voters will be deluged tonight with final appeals from the platform and microphone. Some who were not candidates were embroiled in the campaign fires. » Carl Estes. Longview publisher, had charged Gov. James V. Allred with public support of Candidate W. Lee O’Daniel. In a telegram, Estes had ariled Allred if he was not “aiding W. Lee O’Daniel in his campaign against Attorney General William McCraw.” McGraw, too, is a leading gubernatorial    candidate. "I have    kept out    of    this    cam paign because you did,” Estes telegraphed.    "If you    are    ready    to come In again, I will buy radio time and    give you    half    of    it ‘    to tell people what you know about McCraw and me. I'll tell them what I know about O'Daniel.” Governor Allred made a terse statement:    "No comment,” when asked today about Estes’ telegram. Saturday Ballot To Set Records Political Unknown, Non-Native Texan Race's Pacesetter W. Lee O'Daniel < above) is mixing speeches and hilly-billy music in bidding for votes for the gubernatorial nomination in the Texas democratic pri-* * * mary. Here he is at Breckenridge. munching a peach and holding the keg he uses for campaign contributions. Note the sign. * * * 'WHO CAN BEAT O'DANIEL' CRY IN DAFFIEST RACE Of DECADE 'Biscuit Man' Stumps With Hillbilly Band to Confound 'Pro' Politicians AUSTIN, scanned a July 22— UT) —Texans bulky field of Election Eve Rally Tonight in City Hall Regular election^eve political rally for county precinct and district candidates will be held tonight in the city hall auditorium. Th® auditorium was substituted today for the federal lawn, where local candidates have held sway for many years on the night before election. J. P. Stinson, county democratic chairman, will preside. County Clerk Vivian Fryar reported today that 366 absentee votes had been cast, more than 25 per cent less than in 1936 when the county vote totalled 8,500. dates today in the final hours of a democratic primary campaign which left political observers dumfounded and the citizens hilarious. The rib-tickling gubernatorial campaign, daffiest in a decade, ends tonight in a melange of sideshow tactics. The cause of It all was W. Lee O’Daniel, the "biscuit man” from Fort Worth who tossed chaos into a dignified race. Today everyone wondered: "Who can beat O’Daniel?” Political leaders forecast a record vote—more than a million — tomorrow. Six weeks ago. O’Daniel. a flour merchant who advertised his wares over the radio with a hill-billy orchestra. was possibly the ieast-mentioned aspirant to the governor’s chair. I tertain, he swung into town with-candi- out advance political organizing. BUBBLE HASN’T BURST Overshadowing the ruddy-cheeked Irishman were what he calls the "professional politicians” — masters of platform warfare like William McCraw. red-haired attorney general; .Ernest Thompson, railroad commissioner and chairman of the interstate oil compact commission;. Karl Crowley, former solicitor for the postoffice department, and Tom Hunter, who had put up several splendid races for governor. It was only a matter of days, however, before the electorate welcomed O’Daniel with open arms. Accompanied by Pat, Mollie and Mike, his children who helped en- HEAR RESULTS IN EASY CHAIR • For y*>rs the Reporter-News staff has carried on an unequal struo £jnhvel(C“0n    the    task of gathering returns and pSting on * lion of th^Jiapet ”    **    Umt    puttln*    out    the    "FuUr hansel    bpen ?°"e ",th*rom onf to half a dosen "visitors” itanUy.    reporter’s shoulders and all telephones ringing con ins TuriLn* uL th«C ‘‘sh®w” ha® been deleted. Instead, the Reporter-News •teflon KRBr Si. °!    i'tUrJ'S V* P*op,e over to its rad,° covVrlnt «H    raX    <"'"1    ",UrM    “    ,re<|uen‘ P Jah«P 5ib!!n«    in    on    .KRBC    10    *et    returns. * ca*l this office for results; all telephones will be busy w    I.uturns, with no time left to answer questions. He set his hill-billy band to playing his own composition, “Beautiful Texas,” and launched .into a speech against the “professional politicians.” ODaniels showmanship left the opposition unworried for a time. His bubble would burst, they said. However, when his star ap- j parently failed to dim, they de-parted from' their texts to lambast the flour peddler. OTHERS ADOPT TACTICS McCraw and others protested j that when they asked him to dis- ' cuss his platform, he answered with bucolic rhythm. He was against labor, they said. “My father was burled in overalls,” he replied. Why, he hadn't even paid his poll tax, they came back. He admitted it and said the poll tax system was haywire. Thus O’Daniel shook off criticism, said he had three planks—a $30 monthly pension for everyone over 65; an advisory council of business leaders for the governor, and industrialization of the state — and his band whooped It up all the more. The baffled opposition sighed and took the hint. Orchestras, quartets, and similar entertainment appeared on other platforms. Battles for congress drew attention, too. Maury Maverick of San Antonio was in for tough sledding against Paul Kilday. San Antonio lawyer. Rep. Hatton Sumners of Dallas was opposed by Tom Love and Leslie Jackson, both of Dallas. By GORDON K. SHEARER AUSTIN, Jlily 22—(UP) — Whoever leads tomorrow's voting, the first democratic state primary election of 1938 will make political history in Texas. It will be the first election with a candidate for governor legally unable to vote for himself. It is the first campaign in which a politically-unknown, non-native Texan has set the pace. END CAMPAIGN TONIGHT It is the first Texas political race to rate a double page spread pictorially in a national magazine. Its number of entrants for governor exceeds all records since pri- j mary nominations were required in 1906. It is the first campaign with only one candidate for a second term. Candidates will polish off their campaigns with rallies tonight. J Voting will start at 7 a rn. tomor-^ row in Bexar. Dallas, Harris and Tarrant counties. In other counties polls will open at 8 a m. Polls will close all over the state at 7 p.m. W. Lee O’Dmniel’s failure ta provide himself with a poll tax receipt in time to vote may result in repeal of the state’s poll tax law. Several candidates for governor have declared against a poll tax requirement for voting. The law requires poll tax payment by January 31 . Persons past 60 are exempt. In communities of 10.000 population or more an exemption certificate must be taken out before January 31. In areas election judges may require a voters affidavit of exemption by age. Most estimates put Saturday’s total vote at well above 1.000.000. To win a nomination without a run-off election August 27 a candidate for state office must receive a majority of all votes cast for the particular office. No candidate for governor, other than those seeking a second term, has accomplished this since primary nominations began in 1906. E. JARRETT * * * School Board Picks Jarrell Bottler Elected To Fill Vacancy Left by Harris The city commission in its regular session this afternoon will act on the recommendation of W. E. Jcrrett as a member of the Abilene %oard of school trustees. Yesterday, in a special meeting, the board named Jarrett to fill the unexpired term of T. T. Harris, who resigned as trustee June 15. Confirmation by the city commission is required. Jarrett Is manager of a local bottling concern. Four new teachers were elected by the board yesterday. They are Lonnie R. Briggs of Gatesville, as high school commercial teacher, succeeding Margaret Henderson, who accepted a position in Lubbock; rural | Alta Bowers, Snyder, to teach first grade; Mildred Morris, Green Ville, and Mary Frances Moore, Abilene, to teach elementary music. Besides passing on Jarrett as a school trustee, the city commission this afternoon probably will have an abattoir ordinance up for consideration. Commissioner George E. i Morris, who has charge of the ; abattoir, has been studying regulations of other cities for several I months. Indications were thismorn-i ing that an ordinance would be I ready for presentation. SEATTLE, July 22—(ZP)—Sabotage 1 in British Columbia and incendiarism in Washington state and Oregon were the chief obstacles today for thousands of men fighting to halt forest fires in the Pacific 1 Northwest. The situation throughout the Pacific Northwest was reported the “most critical in recent years." Loa humidity and rising temperature* added to the difficulty. SUGAR IN PUMP’S GAS British Columbia forestry officials began weeding out groups of men they termed “inexperienced” fire fighters after 1,000 feet of fire hose was made useless by long knife gashes. Vancouver island’s 50.000-acre blaze menaced vast stores of cut timber. Provincial Police Constable M. McAlpine told forestry officials that Forbes Landing, resort destroyed by the fire yesterday, might have been saved lf a lone pump there had not been put out of commission by sugar In its gasoline tank. C. J. Haddon, chief forester in the Vancouver district, said no arrests had been made. At least 150 firemen will be dismissed and sent back to Vancouver, Haddon said. HAZARD SERIOUS J. M. Ferguson, Oregon state forester, said the fire hazard in that state was the most critical in the 28-year history of the state forestry department. Incendiarist ware blamed for the spreading of many fires. Officials expressed belief the “fire bugs” were unemployed men ..seeking work as fire fighters..... Flames threatened rich timber stands, communities, crops and farm homes. The wind aided the spread of many of the fires. Late last night Scottsburg, Ore., Umpqua river village, was declared temporarily out of danger from a fire that already has swept over 6,-000 acres. Floodwaters that made raging torrents of normally small streams again threatened the Southwest Texas sheep country today. Ominous situations were reported at Brady and Menard, both leading wool centers. Brady creek, which rose to the top of the levees yesterday and then subsided, started rising again today. Merchants, who already have moved their stocks of goods to upper shelves, prepared to reinforce doors and windows in case the creek flows over the flood walls. Rainfall at Brady for the past four days totalled nine inches, and it was still raining today. Main street of Menard was a running stream this morning and low residential areas had been vacated as the San Saba river rampaged. BELIEVE CREST PAST Hopes that the flood crest had passed were expressed late this morning, however, when the West Texas Utilities company dispatcher there notified Abilene headquarters that the river had fallen a few inches. The Menard aub-sta-tlon was waist deep in water and the flood had been creeping into the office, the dispatcher there reported. The stale highway department reported the following roads closed because of heavy rains and high water: U. S. Highway 296, west of Junction. U. S. 83, north and south of Menard. State 151 between Menard and Mason. U. 8. 83 between Eden and Brady. U. S. 196 between Bardy and Lometa. State 29, north and south of Junction. State 41 between Rock Springs and Del Rio. U. 8. 277, north and south of Sonora. A bridge approach on highway 9 between Brady and Melvin was out, and all traffic between Brady and Angelo was routed through SEC Charges Utilities Firm NEW YORK. July 22—(An—The Securities and Exchange commission, in a bill of complaint filed in the U. S. distrct court here today, charged the Associated Gas Sc Electric system with violation of the Public Utility Holding Company act of 1935 and the Securities act of 1933. San Coleman. SCOUTS MAROONED Anxious parents of about 150 Boy Scouts of the Comanche Trail council were relieved this morning with the report from Camp BUI Gibbons that the boys were safe. The camp is on Brady creek. The report said “all marooned, but plenty of food, no danger.” Heavy rain started falling In Baird at IO o’clock this morning. The downpour had measured an inch and a half by early afternoon. Report said it was falling at the rate of an inch an hour. Claros rainfall at noon measured 1.8 inches from heavy morning The SEC action arose as a result 2°^^ J}?*1 *or lhe week amount-of the system s efforts to extend    4    lnches* Republic Steel Flayed WASHINGTON, July 32—<ZP)~ Philip Murray, chairman of the steel workers organization committee, charged today that the Republic Steel corporation is “the filthiest industrial cesspool of labor relations in America.” The gray, partly bald steel union leader made his carefully worded charge in testimony before the senate civil liberties committee investigating the “little steel” strike of 1937. Macao Denied Writ the Associated Gas Sc Electric Corporation 5 1-2 per cent convertible investment certificates which mature November 15. Attorneys for the SEC sought a preliminary injunction against the utility company. This is the first action of its knd inch" A hard rain was falling at Stamford early this afternoon with little prospect of Immediate let up Last nights showers in Stamford netted more than a half inch CLEAR FORK RISES Coleman had .06 nich last night, bringing the weeks total to .83 NEW ORLEANS, July 22.—(ZP)— The fifth circuit court of appeals today affirmed a Texas district court decision denying Sam Maceo. Galveston night club operator, a writ of habeas corpus which would have prohibited his removal to New York for trial on federal charges of conspiracy to import, possess, conceal, transport and sell narcotic drugs. snee the 1935 holding company legislation was held constitutional by the supreme court in the Electric Bond Sc Share case. 'Babe' to Marry ST. LOUIS. July 22— (UP)— Mildred (Babe) Didrikson, outstanding woman athlete, and George Za-harias, professional wrestler, today announced their engagement to be married "in the very near future.” FROM FORT WORTH PARTY— n,Pr??> Tr^v, rame ,he "Port that T. "ver on » rise last night, but it had dropped five feet today. It has been raining hard there all day. Since Thursday morning the weather bureau's instruments have registered only .54 inch in . Abilene. This amount, falling on saturated ground, gave the appearance of heavy downpour, yesterday. ™»al?fali for week in Abilene now stands at 4 45 inches. Total for the year is now 26 inches, See FLOODS, Pg. 12, Col. 4 com- Abilene to Receive Introduction to Sales Crusade foe weather The National Salesmen’s Crusade Mercury Prepares For Return Flight C^^VltjSn,n^VlSl—'e*-Re^-t^-ANewi..b“U.din-?- wlU b« fKJcepted. . of tbe P»b«c la earnestly solicted. Please help us to gather the returns and give good service on this. please *** Wil* *** *° eIect,on P*1*7 t®morrow night. Tune in on KRBC, PORT WASHINGTON, N. Y., July 22—(ZP)—The British pick-a-back plane Mercury was groomed today for its return flight to Ireland after opening a new and significant chapter of Transatlantic air travel. Capt. Donald C. T. Bennett brought the Imperial airways experimental craft down here late yesterday, convinced he had demonstrated the feasibility of launching heavily laden planes in midair. will be introduced to Abilene Saturday noon by William Holden, general manager of the Fort Worth chamber of commerce. Holden will be guest of the Abilene Traveling Men’s association at its Wooten hotel luncheon. He will come here to explain how the Crusade works and what it has done in his city to increase sales —and make jobs. “Sales Mean Jobs” is the Crusade slogan. To hear Holden’s address will be the traveling men. chamber of commerce directors, merchants and sales managers. Holden will head a group from Fort Worth who will join in the discussions and explanation. Afterward the Abilenians will decide whether to organize the Crusade here. The Fort Worth men will arrive at 11:30 a.m. Plans for the luncheon were shaped this morning at a meeting of the publicity committee for the event—Nib Shaw, GILLIAM HOLDEN C. F. Christian Bob Cannon, Wallace Goodwin, L. B. Jackson. Joe Greenfield will sing Irish songs for luncheon entertainment. Said Jackson, president of the traveling men: “Our association is made up almost entirely of traveling men who represent eithei manufacturers or jobbers. While a sales crusade affects first and principally the retailing of all classes of merchandise, we know that anything that increases retail sales will increase our sales correspondingly. "The purpose of our meeting Saturday is to join with all Abilene to carefully examine the sales crusade plan as presented by the Fort Worth group. If it is then decided to sponsor a local crusade, our or- < ganization will cooperate wholeheartedly with the chamber of, commerce officials, all civic clubs • and all merchants in launching the | plan here. It is now at work in some 600 cities, apparently with great success." v,c,nity:    Mostly    cloudy Mttlcd    hOWer®    tonlKht; Saturday un- Sa Hi rVa v*** nroAa hi °* ViL c'owdy tonight and portion prot>*bIy. loc*l bowers in south Ea«t Texas en    „    *Mo,t,y    cloudy,    local    ,j,ow. day    c”*st    tonight    Satur- Ka“KB2i. ' showers ,n e“l „ .    RAINFALL: *y,“ ■ ” O-' -. O inch Sam, pc nod la,, >„r "“.W iilfio Jnch.a Normal since first of year ...14,47 inches Highest temperature yesterday Lowest temperature thlV morning *! . 70 TEMPERATURES UC: IT SHOWERS K*t* 6:30 p m 0:30    a.m.    12:39    p m. Hr •    thermometer 73    71    69 Wet    thermometer 72    70    68 Relative humidity S3    97    98 Moisture Yields Both Good, Bad Cotton May Suffer But Rain Assures Bumper Feed Crop By HARRY HOUT Continued summer rains thai have left a tinge of autumn in the ah* have brought both good and bad to the farming industry of West Texas, according to agriculture leaders. While benefits from the added precipitation is expected to far outweigh the damage, there are some reports none too pleasing to a jubilant territory. Cotton is the crop suffering heaviest. The greatest danger now is possible infestation of leaf worms and more serious threats of boll weevils and boll worms. H. B. Robertson of the Salt Branch community reported to County Agent Knox Parr yesterday there are signs of leaf worms in cotton patqhes of his community. Should the weather continue rainy, farmers probably will be forced to poison crops earlier than in previous years, said Parr. Otherwise, the heaviest rain during July in 36 years is of untold benefit. Bumper feed crops are assured with possibly the heaviest yield in history because of the increased acreage brought about by decreased land planted to cotton. Farmers of Taylor county are prepared to harvest milo that will make as much as two tons to the acre, while half that much is considered excellent and a yield of I,-500 pounds to the acre is normal. Row crops of begari, kaffir and cane will make aa much as 800 and 900 bundles to the acre. The earliest cuttings show 500 bundles to the acre, which is itself above normal Meanwhile, ranchers are riding the crest of a prosperity wave as rainfall determines their future. With grass growing on heretofore barren land, and water in every chug hole, it couldn’t be better. What Is Your News I. Q.? Eac>) question counts 20; each part of a two-part question, IO. A score of 60 is fair, 80, good. 1. This father of a kidnaper's victim opposed clemency for his boy’s slayer. Do you know his name? In what state did the kidnap-murder take place? 2. What is the name of the deputy WPA administrator who stirred a political hornet's nest b; telling relief workers to keep their friends in power? 5 Where are the new gov ernment silver vaults located? 4. What famous cathedral, wrecked by artillery in the World war, has just been rededicated? 5. Commutation of the death sentence of Clarence Norris recently left no death sentence outstanding against any of the Scottsboro defendants. True or false? Answers on Page 6. ;

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Publication: Abilene Reporter News

Location: Abilene, Texas

Issue Date: July 22, 1938