Abilene Reporter News, July 23, 1938

Abilene Reporter News

July 23, 1938

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Abilene Reporter-News, The (Newspaper) - July 23, 1938, Abilene, Texas HEWSMKR "WITHOUT, OK WITH OFFENSE TO 1WLNDS OR TOES WE SKETCH VOUR WORLD EXACTLY AS IT VOL. LVIII. NO. 55. ur> ABILENE, TEXAS. SATURDAY MORNING, JULY 23, 1938.-TEN PAGES aaut rntt iur> PRICE 5 CENTS Candidates See Sure Victory In Today's Voting Only O'Daniel Mokes No Prediction In Windup Of Governor's Campaign By Associated Press Candidates in the forecast victory Friday night in what they believed would be a huge outpouring of voters toward the poll: in Sat- urday's democratic primary election. TOM HUNTER Tom Hunter said "there's only one candidate In the race that I eel certain will be In the runoff. Small Boys Show How To Have Fun Without Spending RICHMOND, Va., July coins like seeds over a vacant field must be a lot of somebody else's money. At any rate, it was the clim- axing feature of a spending spree by three small boys who found cash and HOQ In checks. They started out, police said, riding street cars, but soon abandoned that for taxicab rid- 1ns and ten-cent store shopping. After Detective Sergeants W. J. Anthony and James Jnman, Jr., finally caught up with the boys the officers spent some two hours recovering the scattered coins. They retrieved all ot the checks and of the 890 cash which the Rev. William A. O'Hara said he had absent- mindedly left In a satchel on the sidewalk In driving off In his car. That's me, Tom Hunter. I've been lo Vote Within County Ballot Includes 109 Candidates For 44 Offices Promptly at 8 o'clock this morn- ing 3! polling places of Taylor county are to open for business. Before they close at 7 p. m. ap- proximately citizens ol the county win have registered their choices of 109 candidates for 44 elective state, district, county and precinct offices. County Chairman James P. Stin- soa announced last night that the last box had teen delivered along with voting supplies for the elec- tion. Widest range of selection lor the voters will be in the governor's race where 12 candidates have listed their names, but indications are that three or four of then will hold a rather close monopoly on tiie county votes. From the governor's race, the voters' attention will probably K-imp to Ihe district attorney where Oils Miller, I. C. and Howard Davison 're vieiuj for the 101th district court position. The aspirants for the district at- :jmey position have been outstand- ing in lending color to a local cam- paign which otherwise got off to a slow start, but which gained mo- mentum rapidly in the final Credit for a considerable portion of the general apathy regarding the election was given to the fact that 17 of the county and district can- didates are without opposition. The lark of contestants for these positioiw. however, was partially made up for in the fact that six candidates arc bidding for the position erf county commissioner for pre- cinct 3 and five for justice of the peace, precinct 1, place 2, Indiations last night were that there will be little distribution of campaign literature near the polls today. Consensus among the coun- ty candidates seenicd to be that the voters have had plenty of time anc speeches during the past, month and that if they have not made Iheir minds by today, little can be done to help them. From the candidates' viewpoint today ts the voters' (lay, and ma> thev make the best of It. California Fire Burns Acres YREKA. Calif., July 22 (f Fire on a 12-mllc front tn the Red Cap area of the Klam-th natlona forest In northern California, hat burned over 4.000 acres today and still was out of control. More than 900 veteran fire fight- ers were building a 12-mile back- fire on the cast boundary of the blaze. AUSTIN, July E. Farmer, Fort Worth candi- date for governor, conceded here today that his. fellow .townsman W. Lee O'Daniel will "possibly" b? in Ihe run-off campaign for governor but will be beaten If he is. "He's played hell with Farmer said. Flooding San Saba River Soars To Record Height, Carrying 2 To Deaths :oo busy with reliable reports of my own gala? to give much thought to which of my opponents will be in he runoff with me. Since I have the only sound platform, It really doesn't matter much." KARL CROWLEY Karl Crowley said "the old and t'oung wil support me x x the teachers will support me x x the .houghtful citizens will support roe {.v.I therefore, accordingly sum up this solid support, representing a sufficient number of votes to put me at the head of the ticket and assure my election in the runoff" BILL McCRAW William McCraw predicted he would lead the field, with w. Lee O'Daniel second. He said he ex- KCted a majority in Dallas and Tarranl, and to lead In Harris and Bexar, the four counties with 25 cent of the voting strength. W. LEE O'DANIEL W. Lee O'Daniel said "throughout he entire campaign I have const- antly refused to assume that I will Je governor. The other candidates boldly state they will be governor, saying 'It's In the bag.1 They are jrofesslonal politicians and deal in :heory. I am a business man and deal in facts; therefore, I make no predictions. However, many season- ed political observers tell me that we will get from 60 to 10 per cent of the vote and the hundreds of straw votes wired us irom all over the state tally with their prediciioh." GREENVILLE, July Ernest O. Thompson jubilantly fin- ished his campaign for governor In this North Texas blackland city which he believes holds for him a good-luck charm in politics. In two previous campaigns for state of them success- closed his public appeals for votes in Greenville, and came again tonight proclaiming victory' at the polls and appealing for "common sense, practical thinking and sound devotion." FORT WORTH. July From the flag-draped bandstand of Sylvania park. Tom Hunter. Wich- ita Falls candidate for Texas'demo- cratic gubernatorial nomination, thundered out a paen of victory here tonight. Before a crowd of some 3jOO he forecast a vote of one million In tomorrow's gubernatorial race with himself receiving over a third of them for first place liva runoff. He did not name his opponent. DALLAS. July thousand campaign miles behind him, William A. McCraw (old the homefolk tonight he would be elected their governor and hoped Texas would "declare a holiday on petty quarreling and sordid poli- tics." The day's Intermittent rains slop- ped shortly before the outdoor rally but overcast skies threatened to wet his 5.000 listeners on the state fair grounds. The attorney general joked with a hometown crowd which three See POLITICS, Tg. 3, Col. 4 Abilene Oil Man Dies On Vacation Word was received here j-c.slcrday of the death of P. J. O'Donnell, 6M Victoria. Abilene-oil operator and contractor, in Genesce, Pa., Thurs- day night. Mr. O'Donrlell, accom- panied by his wife anrl two daugh- ters, Peggy and Palsy, was on a vacation trip east visiting relatives In Pennsylvania. Funeral will be held Tuesday at Gtnesec. He had been in ill health for more than a year. POLITICAL EFFECT OF HILLBILLY MUSIC WILL BE TESTED AT POLLS TODAY By HAKRLLI, E. LEE AUSTIN, July wagging Texans will pick their favorites tomorrow fn a demo- cratic primary election dis- tinguished by side-splitting platform antics and the intro- duction ol bucolic melody as a political Issue. An estimated more than I.- citizens will say wheth- er W. Lee O'Daniel, who stole the spotlight hi the governor's race, has tremendous voting support of his huge crowds simply thirsted for mountain music and prefer some one the as theii chief executive. With all except two of the dozen would-be governors cer- tain to pass out of the picture, there was a sharpvdlffcrence of opinion of pair would qualify for the run-off primary Augusl 27. Nearly all of the speculation revolved about At- torney General William Mc- Craw. Ernest O. Thompson, chairman of the Interstate Oil Compact commission, Tom F. Huntei of Wichita Falls, who never has received less than votes in a state-wide race and O'Daniel. Despite muddy roads in many sections and forecasts of show- ers in others, most state offi- cials stuck to predictions the vole would be either the heavi- est or second heaviest In his- tory. Texas had not seen anything like Q'Daniel's meteoric politi- cal ascent since James E, Fer- guson, a country banker, swept to the governor's chair la 1914. O'Daniel, unknown' two months ago except as sponsor of a hillbilly music program to Increase sales of hts flour, did not bother to outline his views on several highly controversial Issues. The Fort Worth man was content with promising ev- eryone over 65 years old (he maximum state pension of a month, waging war without quarlei on ''professional poli- ticians'1 and giving his crowds mountain music In large doses. The electorate will make choices in ten statewide con- tests besides that for governor. There Is no United States sen- ale race. Candidates receiving clear majorities will be the democratic nominees and therefore will be virtually as- sured of election. In the races in which no one gets a major- ity, the two nigh men will run it off 37. VotersJTo Have Their Day Today Primary Race Radio Owners In Vicinity Of Polls Asked To Tune Low AUSTIN, July ap- peal to radio owners near vot- ing places to "tune down" candidate's speeches so they cannot be heard with 100 feel of the polls tomorrow went out from democratic executive com- mittee headquarters here to- night. Reports that some candidates planned last-minute radio talks soliciting votes brought this comment from Vann Kennedy, committee secretary: "It would be the gracious and fair thing for people hav- ing radios within earshot of the voting places either to cut off or tune down candidates' speeches to comply with the spirit of the law prohibiting electioneering within 100 feet of the entrance of the places." For Elections Congressional Contests Lend Flavor To Race AUSTIN, July sional contests in 11 of Texas' 21 districts give a national flavor to- morrow to the first democratic pri- mary despite absence of a United States senate race. Tcxans years ago fell into the habit of keeping their representa- tives at Washington a long time but at least four incumbents had op- position which many persons con- sidered formidable. The race attracting the most at- tention was in Bexar county {San Antonio) between Maury Maverick, ardent new dealer, and Paul J. Kil- day, who had the backing of the potent San Antonio city political organization. Friends hailed Maverick as a lib- eral while foes called him a radi- cal. One charge was that he has been too friendly with the C. I. O. Maverick's drive for votes was fea- tured by spirited atlacki on the city political organization headed by Mayor C. K. Quln. COSSETT AGAIN Another new deal supporter with possibly strong opposition was W. D. McFarlane of Graham, now com- pleting his third term m the house. Ed L. Oossett of Wichlla Falls, who lacked only about voles of beating McFarlane two years ago, was running again, Other candi- dates were Laverne Somerville and K. C. Spell of Wichita Falls. McFarlane and Maverick were two of three congressmen who re- ceived Roosevelt "pats on the back" when the president passed through Texas last week. The other was Sfarvln Jones of Anurllto, who voic- ed confidence of an easy victory over his fellow townsman, James O. Cade. Representatives Morgan G. San- ders of Canton and Hatton W. Sum- ners of Dallas, the latter chairman of the house judiciary committee, weve in for possible trouble. Each has opposed President Roosevelt on certain issues. Appeals Ended Last Rallies Held By 12 Men Seeking Governor's Office By the Associated Press The candidates had their last say Friday riight. Saturday the voters would have theirs. The twelve men running for gov- ernor led the chorus of last-minute appeals, many of them in the larg- er cities or thickly populated areas. W. Lee O'Daniel was at Mtneola. Gtlmer and Kilgore, where he made his last speech of his surprising DALLAS, July weather man put a damper night on prospects for a record turnout of voters in democratic election tomorrow. Cloudy weather and scattered showers were forecast for most of the state. Flood conditions In West Texas were 'certain to cut the vote considerably in that area. drive for votes. Ernest Thompson travelled through Pittsburg and Mount Vernon In _ Northeast Texas to Greenville where he was met with a band, before his closing rally. William McCraw made a ra- dio speech at Corsicana, had three others scheduled, and finished up at a hometown rally in Dallas. Tom Hunter campaigned all day in Port Worth, had a final mass- meeting, and planned to go on the air afterwards. Carl Crowley trav- elled to El Paso for his final words. P. D. Ren fro spoke at Orange and completed his campaign at a meet- ing in Lufkin. Clarence Farmer went on the air with hts last-min- ute bid for ballots from San An- tonio. Thomas Self returned to Crockett, his home town, for his last day of campaigning. In the race for lieutenant gov- eror, G. H. Nelson finished at Greenville. Pierce Brooks made two radio speeches from Dallas, and an nounced he planned to go on a pic- nic Saturday to relax. George A Davisson Jr. returned to his home city, Eastland, for a final rally. RETURNS HOME Ralph Yarborough, in the race for attorney general, was another candidate to return home for final rally. He went to Austin, pre- dicting victory. Gerald C. Mann, at Dallas, also issued a statement predicting success. Robert W. Cal- vert's final speech, at Waxahaclile expressed confidence he would win At San Antonio, Land Commis- sion William H. McDonald, candi- date for re-election, said "most of the candidates who are worrying aloud about the land vacancy sit- uation are Indicting Bascom Giles closed his campaign In this race with a speech at Manor saying "Ihe people know a change In land commissioners Is needed." C. V. Terrell, incumbent railroad commKsloner seeking re-election wound up his campaign at Cle- curne, predicting voters would en- dorse his services by giving him a victory. In the race for state superintend- ent of public instruction. L. A Woods delivered an address al Austin, He seeks re-election. W. E James, closing his campaign, asked support because of "ability and ex- perience in dealing with schoo' problems." S. R. Lemay closed his campaign at Forney. Greater Prosperity Shadows Rains Uy HARRY TIOI.T West Texas prosperity is Jharloring soaking rains that taxied across the- vast empire this week, iHvIng many shattered prcciptta- records for July in the saturat- ed wake. Enthusiasm that withered under the blazing summer sun. revived with first showers and flared when spreading downpours set In. The ebb was low during those past weeks partly because of sagging prices for mohair, grasshopper pianucs and possible drouth in this agriculture and livestock world. First reaction was In the dormant sheep business. A puny wool market (hat saw much of the spring clip sell tor 17 to 20 cents, went on a rampage. Latest report was the re- fusal of 26 cents per pound tor a clip owned by Sol Kelley ot San Angelo. Just before that 360.000 pounds of wool sold for 25 cents per pound. And ranchmen of the sheep country reaching from here lo Ihe Rio Grande confident (he price will fo even hiRher, 30 cents maybf. This is In view of the small carry- over of free wool. Of the 65 million pounds of wool clipped this spring In Texas, only H million pounds re- main unsold, according to conserv- ative estimates. Fanning the buying bee yesterday was the reported sale of mohair at 41 cents per pound for adult hair and 51 cents for kid hatr. Since last October when mohair prices soared to 60 and 70 cer.Is. the goal business had been somewhat of B sore spot. Dlakc A: Kendall, through their Texas representative. Allxrt Field, bought 40.000 pounds of hslr at Injram, Blanco and George- town for Ihe newly established high price. Likewise, there's a small carry- over of moh.vlr. It's estimated that only pounds of unrold hair remains In Texas warehouses. The spring clip was seven million pounds. However. In September another clip will start moving am with the revived prices, there Is no reason why goat owners shouldn'l view the outlook cheerfully. With irool and mohair rest- Injr .it secure levels, the price of animals producing those two See OUTLOOK, ft. 3, Col. Canada Greets British Fliers Capt. Donald C. T. Bennett (center) and Albert Coster, wireless operator, are shown as they were welcomed at Mon- treal, Canada, by J. A. Wilson comptroller of civil aviation, after the British pick-a-back flying boat. Mercury, had made 1U first trip across the Atlantic. Johnrlee Smith Ends Campaign Albany Rally Held For Throckmorton State Candidate By HARRY HOLT Writer ALBANY, July 22-john Lee Smith of Throckmorton, candidate for lieutenant governor, closed his campaign here tonight at the Shackelford county political rally at Ihe courthouse. In outlining his platform. Smith said he favored curbing any in- creased sta-le expenditures and would start with the old age pen- sion se; up. Currently there's only 20 million dollars allotted for pen- sions, which is far inadequate, he said. To raise this allotment and stay within bounds o[ present expendi- ture o; 154 million dollars. Smith proposed that 411 employes of the Texas old-age assistance commis- sion be relieved of their work and executive duties turned over to the county judges. This move, he said, would save the stale two million dollars yearly and would vest the power of deter- mining ellgibles for aid where it be- longed. Further curtailment of ex- penses would be made by reducing the number of employe? In the rail- road commission and In the high- way department. Smith said there could be no re- duction in the highway expenditure of 53 million dollars or of the 44 million spent for education. The Throckmorton attorney was Introduced by A. M. Howsley. Albany and Austin attorney. Smith re- minded Ihe large crowd which jam- med the courtroom that he was not a stranger tn Albany, having spent most of hts life in Throck- morton and Shackelford counties. Annual conrl of honor at Tonfcawa, boy scout summer en- campment, was held last night In spite of torrential rains In the sector all week. The Weather ABILENE uamxr r.AST TTAAS: Vrctnltj; Tart Sond.j. Tiillf cloudy. d portion n nnrth portion SonJij. n Ihf WEST TKXAS.- xln4< S.- rloafty, inltrrM lh piitlon Salnr.Uy and In MHIIKPAII portion Sondtr. Winwi writ and rmln [xjttifttn SnniUy. NEW MI'.MCO: and NATIONS PROVE TRANSATLANTIC AIRJTRAFFIC IS FEASIBLE BUT ACTUAL SCHEDULES NOT READY B.T DEVON FRANCIS Associated Press Aviation Editor PORT WASHINGTON, N. Y., July The ocean-going airplanes of :hree world powers lazed at anchor on the north shore of Long Island today, mute testimony to a polite but spirited International squabble aver supremacy on the Atlantic air lines. A British seaplane arrived from Foynes, Ireland, yesterday. Britain started the tests last year. A German seaplane drifted today, ending the first of several pro- posed round trips this year In a continuation of survey work between New York and the Azores In 1936 and 1537. Two hours later an American flying boat, cabin crowded with pas- sengers, ploughed the waters of Manhasset bay on a takeoff for Bermuda point for Inter-contlnenta! transports. the common citizen be ng ck of these ocean flights and wilt future stoppin What Is bac ible lo buy ticket to Southampton, Le Havre or Hamburg? A statement by Capt. Rudolph John, American representative ot the German Transport company. Lufthansa, supplied an answer to the sec- ond part of the question. "Lufthansa." he said, "is ready lo fly across the Atlantic whenever the American government says we may.'.' The American government is not likely to grant permission until American planes are ready to fly. American planes cannot fly until the German or French or British governments say they may. And the Europ- ean powers are not likely to say they may until they themselves are equip- ped to make a showing on the ocean air lanes. But when regular service, which was mechanically if not economical- ly feasible with the equipment available four years ago, will begin remains an open question. Sheep Country Flooded, Many Leave Houses San Saba, Menard, Brady, Llano Hit By Raging Streams SAN SABA, Tex., July 22 (AP) The usually peaceful San Saba river, normally 2 to 3 feet deep, soared past record heights today, drowning at least two persons as it inun- dated a tremendous area of the West Texas sheep country and drove hundreds of lowland dwellers from their homes. While the stream shot two feefc beyond the previous record mark of 42 feet, frantic appeals went out for aid over a single telephone line to the outside. The north side residential area was flooded and the river lapped within a few feet of the first- busi- ness block. Mr. and Mrs. M, E. Hensley were reported drowned near Menard when they fried to wade from a sudden swirl of water which enveloped them. Their son, Charlie, was leading them through when the water sud- denly cut them from his grasp. As he watched their bodies go down the river, he caught on a limb, and finally made his way out. The radies were not recovered. were felt for Mr. and Mrs. W. L. Hunt and their grandson, but the trio was found perched In a trcetop ,and brought to safety In a boat. As Red Cross representatives from San Angelo and Abilene planned to rush aid, cltiiens felt somewhat relieved when the torrent dropped three feet. Reports that a, rise due here tomor- row morning filtered Into the city. Howevert another rise was re- ported coming from Voca, where the jlaje WM feet. Several homes were wished mway find several persons, whose names were unavailable, were misslnf. R. B. Basley, woo! and pecan buy- er and Warren Linn capsized a boat while going to anchor the Bagley home. The men swam to a pecan, tree and A. B. Puckett and J. W. Hewgley, Bagley's partner, rescued them In a boat. Boats were dispatched to rescue persons marooned in tree tops and on houses. Fourteen persons were See FLOOD, Py. 3, Col. 5 Commission Approves Boost For Abilene's Next Budget The city commission formally adopted a budget of 5643.475 for the fiscal year beginning May 1 an Increase of over the previous fls- :al year's budget figures. Estimated cash receipts for this fiscal year are reflecting a probability that the receipts will exceed the cash requirements in the amount of The previous year's estimates of receipts was J630.183.78. only 2S1.57 above the figure set up for cash requirements. Largest leaway in this year's es- timates is in the sinking funds, in which it ts anticipated that re- ceipts will exceed requirements by This, because the city is going Into a bond refunding pro- gram looking forward toward a se- rious handling of principal pay- ments i passed by since 1934) by 1941. The success of the program t and trropfrftlDrfi la T4 ftnd Mtnw dllr '.4 depend on the building up of sulking funds to a point where principal well as Interest can be met on the tax bonds. The budget sets up 1293.100 as requirements for operations. Re- ror sinking funds are ILsltd at 5230.375, Including S1S4.000 for interest on tax bonds, for interest on 1937 water revenue bonds (Fort Phantom Hilli and for principal on these bonds plus for exchange. SCHOOLS HIKED The city's part of school main- tenance Is set at with to come from 1S33 tax collec- tions, and SI8.000 estimated to come in through delinquent tax collec- tions. The part set up for schools last year was The new budget estimates rev- enue from the tax department, bas- ed on year's collections and the anticipated hike In property valuations from S16.400.000 to at Of this. Is estimated to provide tor general, current and See BUDGET, 3, Col. 6 Pioneer Jayton Ranchman Dead J. C. Jones, 15, Was Town Builder JAYTON. July 22. -J. C. Jones, 75. ranchman, land holder, early settler, and prominently connected with the building of Jayton. died here at 6 p .m. today. He succumb- ed to a heart involvement, with which he was stricken at 10 o'clock Thursday night. Born in Mississippi. Mr. Jouei came to Kent county in 1305. He es- tablished his home a and a half west of Jayton and lived there Until his death. In addittion to hts ranch holdings, he acquired consid- erable property in Jayton. and also built one of the first gins here. His wife and eleven children sur- vive. Thechildren arc Mrs.'William Healhinglon. ODonnell: Mrs. Wes- ley Lewis. Mrs, Ed Gallagher, John Tom and Mcrvin Jones of Jayton; Mrs. Man- Jones. Jayton. widow of E. T. Jones; Jake Jones of Red Mud: Mrs. Mat Dillinsham, Abilene; and Mrs. W. J. Hembree, Paducah. In TVA Defense KNOXVILLE. July Director David E. Ulienthal testified today "unreasoning sus- picion, hatred and distrust" moti- vated Dr. Arthur E. Morgan's at- tack on administration of the Trn- 'ncss.ce Valley authority, Five Day Rain Soaks W-Texas Cotton Farmers Wary Oer Boll Weevil Worries Central West Texas' fifth consecu- tive day ot rain last night had sent creeks and rivers on rises and had stirred talk among cotton farmers of the boll weevil and leaf worm Infestation. A fall of 1.08 for Ihe 24-hour [Kriod ending at 9 o'clock last night brought Abilene's total for the week to 5.06 inches, for the month to 5.55 inches, and for the year, 26.78, all figures far above normal. The rain fell intermittently throughout the day, until p. m. Meanwhile, the temperature rang- ed but six degrees during Ihe day, from a low of 63 degrees to the maximum of 74. Buffalo Gap was the center of a torrential rain which residents es- timated at 2.5 inches. So heavy were downpours on Lake Abilene's water- shed that it lacked but 32 Inches of running over the concrete spillway last night. The lake had risen seven feet and five Inches in two days. The fall at Lake Abilene was mea- sured at only .81 Friday, but was considerably heavier over the hilly region that feeds its creeks. Elm creek was overflowing and had damaged several gravel pits near Buffalo Gap. Big Elm out of its banks all day, it was reported. Elsewhere heavy rains pelted al- ready well-soaked areas. A steady downpour at Balrd had measured more than tw0 Inches late in the afternoon bringing the week's total there to 4.25 inches. Clyde reported Inches Friday, bringing the week's total to about three Inches. Hard rains along Its watershed sent Clear Fork of the Brazos rag- ing out of its first bank at Lueders and other points, with an addition- al rise of Jour or five feet expected through the nigtit. There appeared to be no danger, however. A two- inch rain fell at Lueders, already one of the wettest spots In the area. A torrential downpour at Stam- ford forced cancellation t matches i See RAINS, ts. 3, Col i ;