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   Abilene Reporter-News, The (Newspaper) - July 25, 1938, Abilene, Texas                               WESTJEXA? HEWS WIPER Uporter OR WITH OFFENSE TO FR1LNDS OR FOES WE SKETCH YOUR WORLD EXACTLY AS IT Byron VOL 57. ABILENE, TEXAS. MONDAY EVENING, JULY 25, PAGES CattM frtm PRICE 5 CENTS AFTER WATER REACHES 48 Workmen Stave Off Threat to Phantom Hill Dam Flood Danger Ebbs Despite Further Rains Streams Receding Or at Standstills As Debris Cleared SAN SABA, July Further loss of life in flooded area feared today when "two or three dozen" persons were reported maroon- ed at Bend, small town 2ft miles southeast of here on the Colorado river. By RAY NEUMANN SAN SABA, July Southwest Texas flood situation was greatly improved at noon today despite heavy rains over the stricken area last night. Reports of the downpours, which brought precipitation in some sec- tions to "more than 14 inches since last Tuesday, alarmed the country- side early in the day. but, after brief rises, streams either became stationarv or began to recede RIVER AT STANDSTILL Briefly, the situation was: SAN San Saba riv- er was at a standstill after a brief rise resulting from five inches of rain last night. A large.part of the town, however, remained under water. It was feared the town would be without electric power and lights as the Colorado river rose within three feet of the trans- mission lines 10 miles east of San Saba. San Saba river receded to its banks and all flood danger was believed past. Streets of the downtown area, which was flooded late Saturday, were "being cleaned by workmen. It was es- timated the damage would not go much over The few re- maining refugees were being cared for in the high school building. A few residences were washed off their blocks.. creek, which di- vides the town and flows into the San Saba, was back in its channel A large part of the town was -in- undated Saturday night when the normally small stream swept over j a protecting levee. and half inches of rain last night sent the Llano riv- er up 12 feet, but at noon the stream was receding. More dam- age to highways was reported. COLORADO RAGING The situation along the Colorado river, of which the San Saba is tributary, was growing worse this afternoon. J. H Jarboe. United States met- eorologist stationed at San Antonio, said a flood as great, or greater, as that of 1936, which did millions of dollars was in prospect The body of M. E Hensley, who drowned near Menard, was recov- ered today The body of his wife had not been recovered. They were the only victims of the floods so far. San Saba was completely isolated this inoniing when the approaches to Wright's bridge over a creek four miles north of Llano were washed out. Since Saturday this had been the only route open to this little sheep capital. DAMAGE Today a single -telephone circuit MERCHANT-TURNED-POLITICIAN ACCEPTS CONGRATULATIONS "Them hillbillies are politi- cians now." Surrounded by his campaigning family, W. Lea Daniel, the amazing personality who temporarily left his flour business to overwhelm his "profesisonal politician" oppon- ents in the Texas gubernatorial race, accepts congratulations on' election night. Mike has the banjo, Pat the fiddle, daughter Molly the accordion -and Mrs. O'Daniel, who maanged his main headquarters, stands at his side. They heard returns in their Fort Worth- home. (Associated Press Photo) AS POLITICAL LOSE OT3tiniers Majonty Hears See FLOODS. 8, CoL 5. To Be Viewed Abilene board of chamber directors of commerce and veterans' hospital committeemen made final plans today for assisting Capt. C. H. Stratton of the army depart- ment Tuesday when he inspects proposed sites for the hospital around Abilene. Captain Stratton is surveying and accommodations offered the proposed hospital by eight Tex- as cities. He was in "San today. R. M. Wagstaff. chairman of the hospital committee, said half a dozen sites had been selected for Stratton to inspect. No entertain- ment has been arranged. The army engineer is also mak- ing investigations in Houston, Dal- Fort Worth. San Angelo, Sweetwater, Lubbock and Amarillo. the meeting today were J. C. Hunter. Ruck Sibley, Homer Scott, George Minter, Price Camp- bell, Fleming James, Roy Duke. Vic Behrens. Claude Gill, Robert Cray. Max Bentley, D. G. Barrow, Jess Warren, M. Shaw. R. M. Wag- staff, Toin Carswell and Jimmie Bateman. Wichita Votes Wet WICHITA FALLS, July Wichita county's first local option election in five years left the coun- ty wet by a narrow margin. Com- plete returns of Saturday's -elec- tion showed 5.352 votes against pro- hibition to votes for prohibi- tion. Maverick Bows ToQuin'sMan Youngster Nudges Morgan Sanders, Also Congressman By FELIX R. McKNIGHT DALLAS. July Lee O'Daniel, the merchant-turned-pol- itician who made a shambles of Texas politicial precedent, today as- sured his public he would be a "regular with his state leg- islature and scoffed at a dictator- ship. Fourteen infants already had been named for this political babe- in-arrns who, in latest Texas Elec- tion bureau returns, nad amassed 448.267 votes and held a clear ma- jority of 26.220 over 11 opponents all but officially was the next governor. MAVERICK DEFEATED Mired in the O'Daniel landslide .touched off by liberal old-age pen- sion promises were an attorney general, a railroad commissioner, a big city mayor, and, indirectly two potent members of the including tart-tongued Maury Mav- erick. Prom this mild radio flour sales- man who mounted a sound truck with a hillbilly band and struck out after "those professional pol- iticians" long after seasoned foes had started stumping the hinter- lands, came the comment: "The secret of success in bus- iness is ability to cooperate. I think the same principles of business can be applied to gov- ernment. I have no idea of being: a dictator. I expect to fet along well with the leyis- lature." But without victory statements were Maverick and Morgan Sand- ers, two strong members of the house who trapped in the as- tounding upheaval of the elector- ate. GOSSETT OUT AHEAD Stout. Irish Paul J. Kilday, 38- year-old San attorney backed by Mayor C. K. Quin's.po- litical machine, whipped Maverick. New Deal mainstay, by 589 votes. Quickly came reports that Maverick would demand an investigation and recount of the ballot. Just as O'Daniel and Kilday campaigned on pension issues did 25-year-old Lindley Beck- worth, a state representative, pick up the same cudgel to crush Representative Sanders, slated for eventual chairman- ship of the powerful house ways and means committee. The youngster shouted promises to work for pension increases; de- clared his loyalty to President Roottvelt Trailing him was Smith Countj Judge Brady Gentry. Two hundred votes SURPRISED GOVERNOR-ELECT PREPARES TO TAKE VACATION Fort Worth Flour man Says Nobody In Mind for 'Business Man7 Board By RICHARD M. MOREHEAD corporation chairman, was among FORT WORTH, July the other well-wishers. Opponents W. Lee O'Daniel, surprised at his j charged that Allred had "coached" own victory over 11 candidates for O'Daniel during his race, but the governor of Texas, looked into candidate said "politics" were not stacks of unanswered correspond-1 discussed during the telephone con- en.ee today and prepared to take his versation. family away for a vacation. The 46-year-old fiounnan who "amazed himself and the state's po- litically-wise with a smashing first- primary triumph had no definite j plans for the governorship. PEOPLE TARTNERS' "I'd made no preparation for what happened." told reporters j at his home. "At no time during the campaign did I presume that I'd ever be governor of Texas. 'Tve taken the people into partnership and Td like to keep them informed and receive their suggestions. I told the congre- gation at the church that pos- sibly some higher power directed the O'Daniel said he had nobody in mind to serve on the "busi- ness men's advisory board" that he promised would study the state's affairs. He expects no difficulty with the legisla- ture, which blocked several bills advocated by Governor Allred. "I've had a great deal of exper- ience cooperating with business men." O'Daniel explained. "I antic- ipate no difficulty in cooperating j oack to safety. Eastham officials with the legislature. But I will ad- had not learned his identity today, mire them (.the if we have honest differences of opinion. Trouble Boils In State Prison Outbreaks Occur At Three Farms; One 'Con' Killed HDNTSVILLE, July Three Texas convicts fled before posses of prison guards n.nd offi- cers toda yand another lay dead of gunshot wounds after breaks at three farms of the state prison sys- tem. Noble Guthrie. 29, serving 20 years for robbery from Armstrong county, died of wounds in the head and pistol wounds in the arm and .leg at Eastham prison farm in Houston county last night. A convict companion of Guthrie. under fire from guards Abandoned the escape attempt and scrambled Attempt to Governor Fails In Puerto Rico Winship Escapes injury as Shots Fired in Parade SAN JTJAN, Puerto Rico, Jiily attempt was made to assassinate Crov. Blanton Winsnip today, but lie was uninjured. Sen. Pedro Juan Serralles and Colonel Irizarry of the Puerto national guard were injured. Radio reports from Ponce said Colonel Irizarry died of his injuries and that eight persons were in the hospital, including an officer from the United States airplane carrier Enterprise. NATIONALISTS BLAMED The attempt was attributed to nationalists, who are conducting a turbulent campaign for complete Puerto Rican independence from the United States. The attempt oc- curred at Ponce during a celebra- tion of the 40th anniversary of American occupation in the Span- ish-American 'war. Extreme nationalists have been carrying on a terrorist campaign which has included previous attempts against Unit- ed States officials. Several shots were fired in today's attempt While there has been no indica- tion Governor Winship is unpopu- lar with Puerto Ricans, the extrem- ist movement has been active in his regime, which began in February, 1934. In June of 1937, eight nation- alists were sent to Atlanta peniten- tiary after conviction on charges of having attempted to overthrow the United States government in the Is- land by armed force. SHOTS BROADCAST The occupation day celebration attracted nearly' visitors to Ponce. The governor flew there to review the parade and make an address. Marine planes from St. Thomas, Virgin islands, a destroyer and the aircraft carrier took part in the celebration. People in San Juan were listening to a broadcast description of the ceremony when shots were heard over the air. The announcer then called out that there had been an attempt on the governor and that Senator Serrales and Colonel Iri- zany, who were in the reviewing stand with him, had been shot. The crowds, he said, were milling around in wild excitement. The radio .reported police had killed one of Winship's assailants and that others were arrested. RESIDENTS BELOW RESERVOIR WARNED TO EVACUATE HOMES Lake Abilene Full First Time Since 1932 as Rainfall Sets Record for July Partially completed Fort Phantom Hill dam appeared safe this afternoon from flood waters that threatened to carry away part of the long earthen structure earlier in the day. While water had risen 48 feet deep in the new reservoir, workmen were able to stave off a lapping threat that once was within two feet of the dam's top portion. That was in the chan- nel of Elm creek where the unfinished structure was at its lowest mark The crisis was earlier in the day when showers temporarily halted emergency work. At mi3 -morning, however, the regular crew, enforced by city employes and voluntary helpers from nearby, had built up a lead in the battle against the angry waters. The drag line had poured dirt more than two feet above the water level at the point expected to break. Warnings to evacuate houses below the dam went out this morning on advice of the contractor's foreman. It seemed at that time a section of the reservoir dam, being 'built by the city of Abilene for an additional water supply and as an irriga- tion project at an expenditure of must be swept away by the racing waters. Residents below the dam had ample time to move to the highlands and there was no panic, according to reports from there at noon. Sight-seers were asked to stay away from the site as they would interfere with work. Eoads in that section are al- most impassable. BAIN BESTS 1902 MARK Rainfall here of 7.94 inches broke all previous records for precipita- _ tion in July. The previous mark of 7.82 53-year made in 1902. In the 24-hour period ending at a.m. today, 1.33 inches had fallen, bringing the -week's total to 7.45. Total rainfall for the year is far ahead of normal and that of last year, as 29.17 inches have fallen. Normal rain since the first of year is 14.18 inch- es. At this time last year 8.61 inches had been gauged. Normal yearly precipitation is 25.17 inches. The maximum temperature ves- terday was 83 degrees; the mini- have MULBERRY CREEK UP All Taylor county points total for July near Some reports said Go (en to Improves ORANGE, N. J., July A "fight talk" and two "blood trans- fusions gave Tony Galento, No. 1 challenger for the heavyweight boxing crown, new vigor today in his bout with broncho-pneumonia. 'Til kill that Tony vowed. ES-QUEST Justice of the Peace T. S. Irvins I have no idea of assuming a dicta- returned an inquest verdict or jus- j tifiable homicide in the death of i Guthrie. Those The Weather tonal The winner attributed his success to the backing of "clear-thinking 'Daniel poll from See TABULATIONS, Pf. S, Col. 7. T..1-. -rr----jrj Trr T, ;-----JCXVVT TT mj< the start to finish of tabulations? Here's the ratio as'compiled by the Texas Election bureau, based on periodical returns: Saturday nijcht: Seven p.m_ 40.8 pnr cent of the total vote. Then 40.4. 45.7. 48-7. 49.74 49.S4 and finally 50.9 at aon. Sunday. Sunday: p.m. count, 51J2. Then 51.43 and finally 51.13, whirlwind campaign j Christian people." drew congratulations and inquiries TO LOOK INTO PENSIONS from thousands of persons through- out Texas arid the nation. He an- made good their es- cape were J. W. Stevens from Cen- tral prison farm near Sugarland, i Fort Bend county; and Tighlman Van Acker and Johnnie Bowman, j convict trusties, from Wynne farm near Huntsville. Bowman was under a 90-year sentence for robbery from Gregg county; Van Acker was serving 35 See PRISON BREAKS. PfT. 8. Col. 7. "Politicians will be trying to an-j alyze this for a long time." he nounced last April 24 during his chuckled. "Some people had thei regular radio broadcast to advertise his "Hill-Billy" products that he would run for governor, in response to 54.000 requests from his listeners. Ninety-one days later, O'Dan- had no ,vote learned that he had a majority over all opponents and was the democratic nominee, tantamount to election. O'Daniel was vote- less because he failed to pay his poll tax. The rotund campaigner made 113 appearances with his stringed band during the five weeks that followed his opening rally at Waco June 13. Thirty-two unscheduled stops were made, when crowds gathered at the cross-roads to greet" the O'Daniel band-wagon. ALLRED CONGRATULATES Campaign workers said that O'- daniel carried every county in which he appeared except Galveston. He trailed also in El Paso county, the campaign toar did not extend that far and the radio broadcasts by which he first became a public figure were not heard there. Gov. James V. Allred congratu- lated O'Daniel by telephone Sunday. Jesse Jones, Reconstruction Kn-nce idea when we started out that our campaign was just ballyhoo. But with the friends we had already, were made tremendous gains when we explained our business-like plan for office." O'Daniel said he would "look into'' the old age assistance problem before he takes office. He also promised to investi- gate the possibilities of econ- omy in government. "My experience has all been in business and not he ex- plined. "The same principles found in business can be applied in gov- O'Daniel said he would attempt to dispose of the huge stacks of cor- respondence that accumulated dur- ing the campaign, then he and the family will take a short vacation to some unannounced place. SONS TO ENTER UNIVERSITY "I'm not a bit he said, "but Mrs. O'Daniel is and I'd like to give the boys in the band a vaca- tion when we find out for sure there won't be a mn-off. I enjoyed moment of that campaign and LOOKS TO REST. Pj, I, I. Returns in From Mitchell COLORADO. July 25 (Spl) Compleu returns from Mitchell county show the following results in Saturday's election: For representative: Dockery 026, Jones Hubbard 2SO. Prior 571, Dickson 471; for district at- torney: Barber Outlaw 472, Steakley 479; countv judge: King 1.524, Porter 1.445: "district clerk: Ballard 1.715, Pond 1.206: county clerk: Quinney Herrington Sheriff: Pritchett 1.236. Gregory .treasurer: Grubbs 2.167. Hud- son 822; tax assessor-collector: Hel- ton Waters 136, Hart 883, Leach 704: county attorney: Earn- est i. Carter AJBILEXE and vicinity: Mostly cloudy, showers tonight and West Texas: Partly cloudy to cloudy. probably showers in north portion lor.'.Ehi aad Tuesday. East Tess-s: Mostly cloudy, probabiy showers in north portion tonight and Tues- day. RAINFALL: 24 hrs endinc a.ra. Mon 1.33 inches For week cndins a.ai. 7.45 inches For month of July to date... 7.9-t inches Previous heaviest July rainfall for 53 years (in inches Since first of this year ......29.17 inches Same period last year inches Normal since first of year___14.6S inches Normal for entire inches Highest temperature yesterday ....S3 Lowest temperature this morning 6S f. l- TEMPERATURES Sun. Men. i Sunrise LIGHT SHOWERS sunset ........7 m a.m. Dry tliernsoir.eter SI 72 78 Wet thensorrseter 73 70 71 Relative humidity 57 91 70 received equally as much or more rain. Merkel received two inches Sunday and showers this morning, bringing the eights inches sections of Mulberry Canyon have received 10 inches. A Tye farmer said it has rained 14 inches at his place. Mulberry creek, five miles east of Merkel, was bank foil yesterday and lapped the High- way 80 bridge. South portion of the county also has been flooded. The same goes for Lake Abilene and vi- cinity. Lake Abilene has been running over the dirt spillway since yes- terday. This is the first time the lake has been full since 1932. All creeks on the watershed remained bank full today. HIGHWAYS CLOSED Lytle lake has been full since early in the summer. Water in Lake Kirby lacks four feet of i reaching the spillway. Man, Machines Battle Waters Outcome at Fort Phantom Hill Dam Up to Elements By MATJRINE EASTUS K.OE PORT PHANTOM July 25. was a. battle of man and mod- ern machinery against the rising waters of the Fort Phantom TTIH reservoir today. At noon today the struggle to keep ahead of the rising water had been going on, for nine hours, the safety of the dam in the balance. TIP TO ELEMENTS The outcome hangs on the ele- there is no more rain, engineers will relax and workmen, will slow their pace. Additional showers probably would bring fHs- aster, it- these-fell-at the dam sife" itself, tor neither the workers nor the machines can labor in a downpour. The resort m sucli an event would be to sandbagging, and they're all ready "to take care of that for a time. Water in the reservoir, more than three miles Ion; and three quarters of a. mile wide this morning, was rising- at the rate of six inches per hour. That was the situation at 3 a. m. when the alarm was sent out to resi- dents as far below the dam as Lueders. It was still the situation at day- break. At one time, the water level had reached within three feet of the top of the unfinished portion of the earthen dam. There was a. heavy shower here. In the slippery clay and soaked gravel, they wenfc to work anyway. FOUR FEET TO SPARE By 10 o'clock, two feet of earth had been added to that part of the dam. There still was nearly four feet of the dam showing above the water. At one point, the water had started eating away the dirt, but it had by no means gained any head- way. The dam is wide on top at the danger point as two city streets. There is no danger unless The highway department report-! the lake rises above it and goes ed the following roads in the flood over. San Saba area .closed because of' Should the dam break, a 40-foot heavy rains and high water: [wall of water would move down U. S. S3. north and south of Menard. U. S. 285. north of Sanderson and Fort Stockton. U. S. 277. north of Del Rio U S. 290. between Junction and Sonora U. S. 190. east and west of San Elm creek, through a flat valley and a few miles into the Clear Fork river. The water was 43 feet deep in the reservoir at the outlet tower this morning. It hac covered three of the openings in the tower, and out of the conduit on the other side Saba. the water rushed with a roar. En- State 29. east and west of Llano, gineers said the water released State 29, between Junction and amounts to 500.000.000 gallons a Rocksprings. j day: that .against five billion gal- State 81. between Llano and San Ions estimated stored in the lake Saba and San Saba and Goldth- waite. State 95. south of Temple. State 76. Eagle Pass anc Lap- ryor. State 23. north of Brady. State 41. between Rockspring and state 277. State 85, Eagle Pass and De! Rio. U. S. 277. Eldorado and Sonora, State 55. both sides of Rock- already. DELAYS REGULAR WORK Water had been rushing through the conduit almost continuously for 13 days .with some little slack on one or two "cays. Th- rains have have delayed regular work. The width of the lake was easily estimated. At about the widest point, the Humble pipe- line crosse the lakebed. There were 25 of the company iele- See DAM SAVED, PS. S, CoL 5 See PHANTOM HILL 8, CoL 4 Papoose Plane Hops PORT WASHINGTON, N. Y., July British Imperial airways' pick-a-back seaplane Mer- cury took off for Montreal today, en route to Southampton, Eng., on the eastward half of its round trip survey flight over the North At- lantitc. VANDENBERG SAYS FDR TO SEEK THIRD TERM WASHINGTON, July Senator Vandenberg (R-Mich) ex- pressed the opinion'today thatPrer- ident Roosevelt would seek a third term. "I expect him to Van- denbery said, "but I do not ex- pect him to succeed." The statement was contained in letter the senator wrote to a Michigan constituent. It was made public by a here. It came in the' midst of specu- lation over third term possibilities, i Gov. Frank Murphy of Mlchi- j jjan declared: in a speech at Traverse City, Mich., yesterday that "we may have to draft the president for four more years of leadership." John D. M. Hamilton, republican national chairman, asserted last week that WPA Administrator Hop- kins actually had launched third- term movement when he told re- porters 90 per cent of those on re- lief were for the president. Hopkins' remark has attract- ed the attention of the senate campaign mittee. expenditures com- TRAVERSE CITYY, Mich., July Frank Murphy of Michigan urged voters at a political rally Sunday "to keep an open mind" on the question of a third term for President Roosevelt. Murphy said "it may be neces- sary" for President Roosevelt to run again to preserve the New Deal. Murphy referred to the president as "democracy's first friend on the whole earth and .the most magnifi- cent emergency leader in the his- tory of the United States."   

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