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Abilene Reporter-News, The (Newspaper) - July 24, 1938, Abilene, Texas WIST TEXAS' NEWSPAPER VOL LVIII, NO. 56. "WITHOUT, OR OFFENSE TO PRILNDSOR FOES VOIW WORLD EXACTLY AS n ABILENE, TEXAS. SUNDAY MORNING, JULY 24, 1938 THIRTY PAGES IN THREE SECTIONS PRICE 5 CENTS O'DANIEL TAKES FIRST PRIMARY VICTORY RAGING HIGHER AGAIN- San Saba Swirls Ten Foot Rise Stuns Menard, Sweeps Brady Over Towns Problem Of Food And Shelter Grows; Boots Pick Marooned Out Of Trees SAN SABA, July San Saba river vai swelling here again at o'clock this morning, backing H-aler to williin two and three blocks of the business square, and amounting to a flood stage of 38 feet. Between 30 and 40 houses were reported washed away Saturday afternoon and nishl. By RAY NEUMANN SAN SABA, July San Saba. river flood waters went on an historic rise tonight that battered the busi- I ness districts of Menard and Brady and spread over an area 100 miles Jang and 50 miles wide. Sporadic rain pushed the river towards even higher levels. Submerged by water that ranged from three to six feet deep over two-thirds the area of the townside, Menard took its first breath in hours at 9 p. m. when the flood stood at a stand- t still.No one dared venture into water on the main business stem so swift was the current. Only horseback riders plowed through the torrent that had put every business house in town under water. More than one- third of the residences were empty and dark. Residents had fled to a high spot on the edge of town. Brady had 300 homeless with 60 city blocks under water -The election booths were shut down at 3 p. m when water surged near the courthouse. Water stood six feet deep in the lobby of the Brady hotel. JFar downstream at Austin, state capital, a rise of the Colo, rado to 30 feet was expected by dawn, Two hundred families in the lowlands had been evacuat- ed. But for the Buchanan dam, a federal flood control project the flood probably would have exceeded the disastroui 1935 overflow. Harassed by a rirer overflow that four times had turfti Into the business section since Tuesday noon, Menird WH stunned by Ihe fillh, and great- est rise, shortly alter 4 p. m. M. H. Levcrclt, manager of the Soufhn-estern Stale Telephone Co branch at Menard, reported over the only communication line Into the plagued town of residents: "Our town looki like a river." The San Sabi suddenly leap- ed out of banks and within two hours had increased ils depth 10 feet, Levcrell said. "It's still raining here and the water is rising fast. I can see folks now trying to wade in water on trie AUSTIN, July state highway department ute today reported the following roads closed because ot high (vater: Highway 74-A from Lomcla to Goldthwaite. All highways Into San Soba except 81 from the south. Highway 29 on-bo'h aidss ot Llano. All highways into Menard. All highways into Junction except United Slates 290 from Fredericksburg, United States 277 at chris- toval and several other places between Del Rio and San An- gelo. United Slates B7 between San Angelo and Eden. The department said another downpour struck Ihe San An- gelo area this afternoon and sev- eral other roads In that section might be blocked tonight. Q'Daniel Ran ForFear He'd Lose Customers Did Topsy-Turvy For Politics In Strange Campaign By HOWARD C. MARSHALL FORT WORTH, July smiling 46-year-old flour jobber whi decided six weeks ago to run fo governor because he was alralt he would lose customers ff he did not, tonight look a commanding lead in an amazing Texas democra- tic primary election. The flour man was W. Lee O'Danlel, a newcomer In politics. "We jusl applied some principle of advertising and he said of his mountain music cam paign against such seasoned politi cal veterans as William McCraw twice-elected attorney general; Ern- est O. Thompson, railroad commls sioner; and Tom Hunter, who ha run for governor three times before and never recived less than votes. O'Oanlel's pisiform was the ten commandments. His motto was the golden rule. His slogan was more smokestacks and business men; less grass and fewer politicians Jfe advocated, between tunes from his Hill Billy band, HO a month pensions for all Texans over 65 re- gardless of their financial cndition; he...stood for Industrialization oi Texas; and he lambasted all his opopnents in one lump as "profes- sional politicians." This man who In six wetks lopsy-lunicd politics In the bijscsl stale In Ihe union Is head oi Ills own Mour-rllstribii- lion company. He is a radio an- nouncer, i song-writer and a poet. He pot hi, name on the ticket for governor, he said, be- "use some M.OOI) persons who had been listening lo his radio rrograms (In which lie advcr- Used flour) urged U and he thought (he sl.ile sick of "professional politicians." W. i.M O'Danlel, plump and smil- ing, with his three children: Good- looking Molilc, 16, Pal, 19 and Mike 18. nnd his advertising orchestra known as the "Hil Billy Boys" slumped the in a bus equipped with sound amplilicrs and a plat- form atop. He gave a mixture of mountain music nnd politics such as bcfoV8 "CVCr SeC" and hcard When his announcement was made, the other candidates and most political observers paid little nttcliiion. After his formal opening attracted an estimated lo.OOO persons, Ihey blinked their His campaign was a sensation from that day hence. main street. They can't do the water is too swift. The gas nnd water lines have been cut oft but our lights are still burning. We >my have this one telephone line left and it's liable to go at any sec- ond. "The line stretches across Ihe river and I can see fence poles and trees smashing into It now. "Merchants have boarded all Ihe stores but the walcr Is seeping In. See FLOOH, pr. z, Col. 6 AS RIVER ROSE OVER SAN SABA S. Rresldences In San Saba sur- rounded by swirling, muddy wa- ters are shown In the air phoio- graph. above, taken by Kjnl maled 300 persons were mate .Douglas, of Austin. At least 1 homeless as the San Sate tn-o lives were lost and an esll- rice'r swept through the '.own Last night another, and great- er, rise was reported on its way. OUSTING VETERANS- Politictil Youngsters Take County Hulsey Holds Lead As Judge ison Makes Ois't Runoff Other Returns In West Texas Areas On First .Primary Otis Miller of Anson, district at- torney of the 104th Judicial district, race for reelection led the field of three candidates. He had a total of 6J18 ballots, returns prac- tically complete. Second man In the race, and ap- parently Miller's opponent in the second, primary, last night was Howard Davlson of Rotan, now llllh representative. He was lead- ing J. C. Shipman of Abilene by more than 300 ballots, Shipman's total standing at Taylor county was complete and so was Fisher county. In Jones county there were aiound 750 bal- lots untallicd. including the West Eiamlin and the South Anson boxes. Miller led both Taylor and Jones counties, while Davlson was ihc top candidate in Fisher, his home coun- ty. Here were the figures at 1 a. m.: Taylor Jones Fisher Davison ......1654 828 1693 Shtpman .....3034 430 220 Miller ........3175 2047 1197 70th Judicial BIG SPRING Paul Moss of Odessa and District Attorney Cecil Colllngs iBig Spring) apaprently were heading for a runoff in the 'udge's race in the judicial district loni.ilil. on the basis ol about 50 per cent returns, while MartcUc McDonald, young Big Spring lawyer, was moving ahead of a field or four In the district at- orneys race. The Incomplete totals for MarUn, Midland, Glasjcock. Ector and How- See TERRITORY. Pg. 1. Col 4 Ail-Time High For Rainfall Looms As Abilene Sees Sixth Day Of Moisture The year 1938 In Abilene and icinily approached the end of its seventh month yesterday well on he way to establishing a new all Ime high record for rainfall. Yesterday's total of .57 Inches the seven month total to 27.18 Inches to establish ft new rec- ord for a comparable period tn any proceeding year. The record WAS ormcrly held by 1932 with first even month total of 27.18 and a 2 tnontli total of 46.43 Inches. The co.islstant rains during the week did much to boost the city's Isible water supply, raising the water level in Lake Klrby three Inches yesterday and eight Inches within three days. Further rise was expected today due to ralas on the headwaters of cedar creek. The water level of the lake was only four feel below the spillway, com- pared with 10 feet during March. Temperatures range for yesterday was 69 to 78. Weatherman Green could give no definite promises last night that the showers would or would not continue, but weather forecast for today "p.irlly cloufly and warmer." Showers continued yesterday In the territory surrounding Abilene. Merkcl rcporlcrt a two-Inch fall and 5 1-2 inches for the week Other localities also reported rains] MAKE CLEAR SWEEP ON COUNTY TICKET CATtl, HULSEY HOV SKAGGS Taylor County Swings High For Lee O'Daniel's Mountain Music Complete returns from all of the 31 Taylor county boxes In yester- day's Democratic primary election follow: GOVERNOH: Ferguson. 11; Crowley. 50: 1; Thompson. 3.254: McCoy. 4: lienfro. 6; Hunter. 515: O'Danicl. 3.M7; McCraw. 824; Self. 1: Farmer 15: Brogden, 3. LIEUT. GOVERNOR: Smith. 1.558; Stevenson. 1.782; Davisson, Nelson Mead. 297. ATTORNEY GENERAL: Afann. 3.773: Yarboroufh. 805. Wnotitil. Caivert. SW: Goodrich 585. SUPREME COURT: Davidson, 4.320: Critz. I.S1I: Smiley. S15. CRIMINAL APPEALS" (uncxpired Pipprn, Graves. 2.185; Slephens. 3.900. RAILROAD COMMISSIONER' Morris. Stuarl. 539; Christie. Ill; Sadler Wood. 1250' Ter- rell. COMPTROLLER: Terrell. Sheppard, 6.128: Biffle. 410. LAND COMMISSIONER- Giles 1.083; McDonald, Stills. 646, Brown in (j. BOS. TREASURER: Birnt-s 1091- Lock-hart. 5.432; Ftvtrr, 911. SUPERINTENDENT OF PUBLIC INSTRUCTION: James, 2.118; Woods, .1.427; LcMay. I 874. AGRICULTURE COMMISS1ON- BR: Wcsttad. McDonald. 3.932; Allen 104th DISTRICT ATTORNEY: Miller 31.15, Shipman 3034, Davl- son 1604. COUNTY 4054, York 3961. COUNTY CLERK: Shares 4338, Wellborn 37SO. SURVEYOR. Dellls 2072. Brad- Shaw 45R3. COMMISSIONER PR EC 1- Yonns 2411. Webb 291S. JUSTICE 1, PLACE J. Scudder 811. Bell 582. Ward 803, Bledsoe 1593. Perry CONSTABLE, PREC. 5- Russell 268. Kins M8. JUSTICE, PREC. 7: Sherman W Bailey iO. COMM'R. PRECT. 3: McMahon 61. Burleson 35. Bates 67. Hawkins 121; Jones 29, Cunningham 318. COMM'R, PREC. 4: Webb 303. Ncwby 191; McMlllon 501. White 72. CONSTABLE. PREC. 4: Kirby 98. Crolt Swann 137. CONSTABLE. PREC. 6. Blanfcen- fhip 205. Wright 204. Grltfm 67 CONSTABLE. PREC. SL Shep- pard 77, Byrd 61. Roy Skaggs Wins Dis't Clerkship From Wellborn Youngsters In politics ousted a pair of veterans from the Taylor county courthouse in the democratic primary Saturday. Roy SkasRs. Abilene school- teacher, won a clear-cut victory over veteran Belte Wellborn, who Almost votes were cast, a total sllshtly below that of two years ago. Don't Read This; You'll Regrei It WILLIAMSBURG. Va July policeman John D. Rush was giving an elderly negro an examination for a driver's license. "What does a red light the officer nski-d. "Ston.'' answered the negro. 'How about the green "Wrut does an amber light The applicant scratched his head a minute, and replied, "Amberlance." Navy Bomber Falls U'OODRDIDGE. Conn'. July 23 U. S. navy airmen, trapped by a blinding rain squall R-hlle flying low. were killed here today when thrir bombing plane erasing to the earth with terrific speed. has been clerk of district court fo a dozen years. The vote was 4.33S to 3.780. complete. Carl P. Hulsey, young Abilene at lorney who once served as justice of the peace, won a surprise victory of County Judge Lee R. York for that office. York is serving out the unexplred term of John L. Camp, He is a former mayor and corpor- ation judge of Abilene. Vote in that race was 4.951 lo 3.961 com- plete. Commissioner Luther Webb of prKtnct 1, who has held that posi lion three terms, won a fourth by defeating R. L. Young. 2.015 to A five-way race Tor Justice of the peace In precinct I ended with Tom A. Bledsoe. grey-haired veteran, and J. D. Perry Jr.. youthful law stu- dent, promoted to the nmoff. Vote In the race was: 1.593. Perry 1.417. C. M. Bell 532. W. A. i Bill) Ward 803. W. I. Scudder 817. FOR COMMISSIONER In the wide open race for com- missioner in precinct 3. Johnson O, Cunningham apparently had won, without the necessity of a nir.off. by one vote. He polled 318 votes In the unofficial tabulation, against 317 for five opponents. Their vote was scattered thus: Guy W. Hawk- Ins 125. Sam Bates67. D. McMahui 61. W. C. Burleson 35 and Marvlt A. Jones 29. Luther McMillan. Incumbent pre cinct 4 commissioner, held a lead of 501 to 303 over H. H. Webb, with ail boxes reported. Henry A. N'ewby received IM voles Jim E. White "2. to necessitate a runoff belwecn Webb and McMlllon. Unopoosed. Rep. J. Bryan Brad- bury, county Attorney Rco Walter. County Clerk Vivian Fryar. Sheriff Sid McAdams. Assessor-Collector C. O. Patterson. Treasurer Roy Fuller. Superintendent Tom McGehec, Justice of the Peace Thco Ash. Con- stable W. T. McQuary. and Commis- sioner A. J. Cannon were among those receiving nearly all votes cast. Incunibent Otis Miller held a nar- row lead In the race for dis- trict attorney. He polled 3.020. J. C. Shlpman of Abilene received 2.024 and Howard Davison di Rolan ran third with 1.577. NEW HISTORY IN GOVERNOR'S RACE WRITTEN O'Danicl Thompson McCraiv.................................................. Hunter Brojdon, Crowley, Farmer, Ferguson, 552; McCoy, 891; Miller, 482; Kcnfro, Self, 676. W. Lee 0'Daniel, the Fort Worth flour man, radio commen- tator, singer and poet, had a majority of; votes of votes tabulated this morning at o'clock in the race for the Democratic nomination for governor. Pre-election estimates were that votes would be cast. The Texas Election Bureau's returns through the night saw the newest and strangest figure in Texes politics climb slowly from approximately 40 per cent of the votes, across the 50 per cent line and on upward until the majority was clear. Never in the history of the double primary in Texas has a. candidate for governor won a clear majority in the first primary on his first bid for the office. Governor Allred, seeking a second term, won in the first primary two years ago. Col. Ernest 0. Thompson of Amarillo held second place in the governors race with 449 votes while Attorney Gen. eral William McCraw ranked third with Tom F. Hunter of Wichita Falls, running a fourth time, was fourth with Karl Crowley, former solici- tor general of the V. S. post- office department, had polled only votes. In other slate races the situation was: LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR- Pnerce Brooks of Dallas led with votes and was closely push- ed by Coke Stevenson of Junction ot- the'UouM of rep- resentatives. Trie West Texan, Sen- ator G. H. Nelson of Lubhock waj in third place with For attorney general, Lieu- tenant Governor Waller Woodul pulled ahead of Gerald Minn of Dallas on the tabulation, after having (railed In second place for severs! hours. Woodul had and Mann District Judge Ralph Yarbrough had polled State Races HEUT-GOV: BrooVs Davlson Mead Net son Smith Steven- son ATTY. GENERAL: Calv.ert 520, Goodrirh Mann 618, Woodul Yarbor- ough COMPTROLLER; Btffle 52.- 757, Sheppard Terrell F. R. COM.: Christie 891, Morris Sidlfr 073, Stuart 57.482, Terrell 072, Wind LAND 263, Giles McDonald 19U51, Mills TREASURER: Barnes Foster Lockhart SUr-T. INSTRUCTION: Jamu 88.615. I.cMay Woods 218.216. AGRICULTURAL COM; Allen McDonald West- fall 75.K2. SUPREME COURT: Crili 1M.- 185, Davidson Smiley SS.HW. CRIMINAL APPEALS ll'nfi- pired Terml: Grates rippen Stephens 451. The field against the leader had tallied 305.812. C. V. Terrell, chairman of the railroad commission, appeared headed for a tough run-off contest. Jerry Sadler. Gregg county, who led Terrell on earlier reports, held sec- ond place. Terrell had 118.072 and Sadler 111.073. John Wood, state highway van thlrri with 93.510. In the land <-omrnis.-irmer's race W. H. McDonald, seeking a second term, Sacked a majority over two See O'D.VMEU Ff. 2, Col 3 The Weather and VLHnitr: FArtlr OM.ATIOHX AND WF.ST TF.XAS: r rlnnrli Sun.Jnj w THE WINNERS LEE O'DAXIEL C. V. TERRELL M1 ALTER WOODt'L T ill: Fpresf Fires Of Northwest Grew SEATTLE. July 53.....f.Fj- firrc. Fprep.tiins with a'r.if, plofivB force across more communities tociiy. "crest ngcrccl ft t;
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