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Publication: Abilene Reporter News July 26, 1938

Abilene Reporter News (Newspaper) - July 26, 1938, Abilene, Texas WIST TOA? #WN MEWS PAPER ®Tje Abilene Reporter "WITHOUT, OR WITH OFFENSE TO FRIENDS OR FOES WE    YOUR    EXACTLY    AS    IT    GOES,    Byron ★ ★★ EVENING VOL. LY 111, NO. 58. Au NAUS frau <AF> ABILENE, TEXAS. TUESDAY EVENING, JULY 26, 1938-TEN PAGES. Valle* rim (DP) PRICE 5 CENTS HIGH WATER IMPERILS NEW CITY DAM Rise of Water Halts, Phantom Hill Dam Safe Rainfall Caught To Be Released T6 Finish Work Port Phantom Hill dam. threatened Monday by mounting waters, was considered safe today by engineers and workmen finishing its construction. With water in the partially completed lake stopping its rise at a 49 foot depth, the top of the unfinished gap in the dam had been built up several feet above the surface. Since ho rain has fallen on Elm creek or its tributaries since Sunday night, the supply of water running into the lake is no greater than can be cared for by the outlet conduit. Except for a short gap, the three-quarter-mile-long dam is built to full height, and faced with a rock rip-rap. This gap is built up only 50 or 60 feet. Monday it was feared that the quietly rising water of the lake would bren* over the low place and eat away the soft dirt in the gap Virtually all of the five billion gallons of water caught in the lake will be released so that work can be completed, said R. C. Hoppe, resident engineer. Capacity of the lake, when complete, will be 25 billion gallons. * * * POISED ON 17th STORY LEDGE— Hotel Guest Threatens to Leap Firemen, Unable To Reach Him, Plead in Vain WHAT DAMN POOR SHOTS!’ SCOFFS PUERTO RICO GOVERNOR SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico, July 26 —(UP)—Gov. Blanton Winship disclosed today that a bullet from an assassin’s gun pierced his trouser leg. Five anti - government extremists who attempted to kill the governor yesterday but shot dead a national guard officer instead were charged with first degree murder. Besides the of ficer, one of the assistants was shot and killed by police and at least 30 persons were wounded, Including several women. The attack took place yesterday at Ponce during a parade celebrating the 50th anniversary of the landing of United States troops there during the Spanish-Ameri-can war. Winship revealed how close he came to being killed after he returned from Ponce. Governor Winship was unperturbed by the attack. “What damn poor shots they are,” he said. Government authorities said the attackers all were members of the nationalist party which seeks Puerto Rico independence. Governor Winship was in the re viewing stand watching the national guard troops parade. Shots were fired from the crowd. One bullet killed Col. Luis Irizarry of the Puerto Rican national guard. About 30 shots were fired by attackers and the police. Bullets grazed many in the crowd of 20.000 people turned out to hear Governor Winship sp6sk The attacker killed by police was Angel Anton Giorgi. RENEWING SIBERIAN CRISIS- Japs and Russians Clash Kiukiang Falls In Chinese War Flood scenes at Fort Phantom Hill reservoir: The lake (above) at its high water mark yesterday—at the 46-foot mark on ;he 70-foot outlet tower. Had the menacing level climbed two feet early Monday, it would have meant doom for the dam. destruction in the path of on rushing waters. Note the debris washing into the embankment, on which the photographer stood. The upper picture shows where the water went into the outlet; the lower picture is where the water came out—at the rate of half a billion gallons a day and into Elm creek and downstream. That wasn't fast enough yesterday; double-quick addition of clay to the dam built it above the water level. Today, workers hoped to have nine feet more on the structure that is to be 70 feet feet high when finished. The nine more feet was believed enough to force the reservoir, should it rise more .to take outlet through a natural spillway on the east. The outlet tower and 7 by 7 foot conduit through the dam were built to provide Jones county resident', who bad prior claims on the Elm creek waters, the normal flow of the stream under ruling of the state board of water engineers. (Reporter-News Photos.) Relief Appeal Voiced Here Britain Voices Peace Stand By United Presa Great Britain told the world to day that—backed by British arms and British warships—she seeks to bolster world peace only on honorable terms. “Let no one Imagine that although we seek peace we are willing to sacrific British honor and British naval interests. Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain told the house of commons during a significant discussion of foreign policy- stiffening of British policy emphasized the vital role which Great Britain has assumed In improved prospects for preventing a war explosion in ti* Czech minority crisis. Health Problem Becomes Acute in Flooded Areas SAN SABA, July 26— (UP)—Physicians and relief workers set out in beaus today to the community of Bend. Texas, inundated by the raging Colorado river .to inoculate approximately 200 refugees and burn drowned livestock as the health problem in the flood area became ^Several cases of illness were reported among the flood victims, who were removed from the tops of buildings last night and taken to safety downstream Most of the cases of sickness were believed caused by the diet of watermelon, on which the refugees subsisted the past three days. EPIDEMIC FEARED There were no cases of typhoid fever reported, although physicians feared an epidemic unless the refugees are inoculated immediately Ten thousand shots of ^erum have been sent into the. stricken area. Approximately 4.000 persons, here and at Brady and Menard, already had been administered shots. No rain had laden since yesterday and the flood waters of Brady creek, the San Saba river, the South and Middle Concho rivers and the Colorado river were receding rapidly. The Colorado at Bend, where an 800-foot highway bridge was washed out and the entire town inundated, had fallen from its highest peak of all time, 62 feet, yesterday to 50 feet today. Clyde Northington, Lampasas banker, estimated damage in the Colorado river valley in the vicinity of Bend at above $250,000. The entire pecan crop, for which the region is famous, was destroyed, as were the cotton and corn crops and hundreds of heads of cattle and sheep. Highways leading into San Saba from all directions were either inundated or impassable because of the mud left by the flooded San Saba river. State Highway Patrolmen C. G. Hicks and L. E. Wilson, bringing a new supply of serum from the state health department at Austin, were expected to arrive today. They planned to leave their motorcycles and attempt to swim across backwaters of the San Saba river. Spanish Loyalists Form New Drive On Catalan Front By JOE ALEX MORRIS United Presa Correspondent Warfare in the far east and Spain burst into new fury today coincident with progress toward relieving the danger of conflict in central Europe. Gravest reports of fighting came through Japanese newspaper and news agency channels from the Siberian border, where the recent dispute between Japan and Soviet Russia over a hillside fortified by Soviet troops was said to have flared into a pitched battle. JAPS TAKE KIUIKANG Despite earlier indications that the quarrel was being liquidated j peacefully, one newspaper at Tokyo reported a five-hour fight in which 300 Russian soldiers were forced back across the frontier. Accuracy of the dispatch remained to be proved but in any event it kept alive the acute danger of major conflict along the Manchukuan border where Japanese militarists were smarting under failure of their demands that the Soviets abandon the disputed hill. Far to the south, the Japanese offensive up the Yangtze toward Hankow finally broke Chinese defenses before Kiukiang and their warships poked upstream to shell a general retreat of the defending army. Japanese success—at a high cost —in storming Kiukiang drove the Chinese from their most powerful defensive position on the route to Hankow. As usual, they chose to withdraw rather than risk the destruction of their main army, which might have held out many more days. LOYALISTS REVIVE Fall of Kiukiang. however, does not mean that capture of Hankow will be easy. The Japanese still have more than IOO miles to go. Thirty miles upstream the defenders have mined and blocked the river, although their position is not comparable to that at Kiukiang. Hankow's defenses have been greatly strengthened. Military experts believe the Japanese will be fortunate to get there during August. In Spain, government troops reported their first important auccesses in months of desperate resistance against the insurgent offensive toward Valencia. A sudden loyalist of- Story of Our Wild Life— BLUEBIRD PERSISTENCE WINS —In Three Short Reels for bumblebees By the Associated Press CAPE GIRARDEAU. Mo.-The market price now is five cents a head—if you can catch em The buyer Is Prof. John H. Gehrs of Southeast Missouri State Teachers college, who advertised for “lively and unharmed ’ bees. He wants to use them in a clover pollenization experiment. KIRKSVILLE, Mo.—George Davis, proprietor of an oil company bulk station, found a nest in one of his tanks and tore It out. The nest reappeared. Davis tore it out again. Next day he found a mother bluebird patiently building a third nest. Now a sign on the tank prohibits its use until after the bluebirds pre through with It. YELLOWSTONE PARK, Wyo.—Fisherman William Zerbach In came a tobacco can, two other fishing lines, three spinners, thrCZerbach*pulled intone of^theVher lines. At its end. well hooked, was a black-spotted trout.    _ _____________________________ Largent Shows Last Hereford Merkel Exhibitor Dies at His Home; Services Today 'Uncle John' Ashburn, 83, Dies At Farm Home Near Stamford STAMFORD. July 36— <Spl> John B. (Uncle John) Ashburn, 83, [ early day buffalo hunter who settled on his farm northwest of Stamford in 1883. died there at 1:10 o'clock this morning. He suffered a paralytic stroke at j 6 o’clock Friday morning, and his nine -children were summoned to the bedside, erne coming from Wis-1 constn by plane and another rushing home from a vacation trip to California. FUNERAL WEDNESDAY Funeral services will be held at 2 o’clock Wednesday afternoon at the church at Fairview cemetery near Tuxedo. The Rev. E. T. Miller of Corsicana, formerly pastor of the Tuxedo Baptist church, will officiate. Kinney funeral home is in charge of arrangements. “Uncle John'* was born in Missouri, March 13, 1855. Coming to Texas, he hauled grain for soldiers stationed at old Fort Griffin in 1875. In 1877 he Joined a buffalo outfit and hunted on ranges north of here. One of the hunters with him was Ben Smith, a deputy United States marshal of Oklahoma. He witnessed a buffalo run that began at 5 o'clock one afternoon and took until the next evening for the gi Business Men To Fort Worth MERKEL, July 26 —C. M Largent Sr., founder of a world famous Hereford herd, has exhibited his last blue ribbon winner. He died last night at his home three miles north of here. The pio neer cattle showman was 75 years old and remained active until five months ago. RISE SENSATIONAL Funeral for Mr. Largent was to be held at the First Methodist church at 3 o'clock this afternoon with the Rev. A. A. Brian, pastor officiating, assisted by the Rev. R H. Walker, pastor of the Orace Presbyterian church, the Rev. John H. Crow, Methodist pastor and the Rev. J. W. Saffle of Plainview and former pastor here. Burial was to be in Rose Hill cemetery- The rise of Mr. Largent to peak prominence among Hereford breed ers of America was nothing short of sensational. A drugH'-1 by trade hp entered the cattle business with little or no knowledge of livestock but immediately established himself I as an outstanding breeder. The Largent herd was established in 1900 and ll years later gained first major recognition when a bull calf from the herd was named Junior champion at Fort Worth. From that date until now it has been an unbroken string of championships for cattle exhibited by Mr. Largent and later by his sons. AT MERKEL SINCE 1896 Mr. Largent was bom December 19, 1863 in Collin county. He was married to Lula Huffman January 18, 1888 at Dallas. The couple moved to Merkel in 1896. While Mr. Largent was senior member of the firm, a son, Willie Joe Largent, has been active manager of the farm. Associated with him is a brother, C. M. Largent Jr. Survivors are Mrs. Largent; four sons, Tom Largent, Willie Joe Largent and C. M. Largent Jr. of Merkel, and Roy Largent of Brownwood; a daughter, Mrs. L. L. Swafford of Kansas City; IO grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. A brother, Roy Largent of McKinney. baseball scout for the Chicago White Sox. and a sister, Mrs. Ed Mallow of McKinney, also survive. Thousands Mass On Fifth Avenue, Blocking Traffic NEW YORK, July 26 — (AP) — Standing precariously on the 17th story ledge of the Hotel Gotham, a man about 40 years old kept thousands of pedestrians crowded in upper ! fifth avenue today as firemen,# >olice and hotel employes tried to nersuade him to come inside. Shortly after I o’clock a fireman leaning out of an 18th floor window pleaded with the man, who shouted back at him: “I want to be left alone. I’ll figure this thing out for myself. Get the hell out of here." Between I p. rn., and 1:15 p. rn., the man smoked almost an entire package of cigarettes, nervously lighting one after the other. Frequently he would rest his chin in one cupped hand and look below. VISITING SISTER Hotel officials identified the man as John Ward. They said he arrived there about IO o'clock this morning to visit his sister, Mrs. Patricia Valentine, who occupies a room on the 17th floor. The first hint anyone had of the trouble was when Mrs. Valentine screamed. Firemen in rooms above and on each side kept up a rapid-fire conversation with him. They were unable to reach him because of projections outside the windows. The closest window was five feet away. The Gotham hotel is one of the most exclusive hostelries in the city and is tbs home of many theatrical celebrities. At 1:30 p. in., the man first mopped his brow with a handkerchief, then he reached down to the ledge on which hs was standing and picked up a glass filled with a colorless liquid. He drank deeply. The crowd In the street found something funny in what he did and laughed uproariously. HE CHANGES MIND I About 1:35 p.m., three firemen in an adjoining window, pleading with him not to jump, appeared to anger the man and he shook his head violently. Then, poising on the narrow, lg-inch ledge, with his hands outstretched as if he were all See LEAP THREAT, Pg. », Cot C Human Relations Court Right Name An appeal for funds to help relieve more than 500 homeless in the Brady, Menard and San Saba flood areas were issued here yesterday by Chairman C. C. Sellers and officials of the Taylor county chapter of the American Red Cross. A me sage to Sellers from William M. Baxter, St. Louis, chief of the midwestern division, said the need for funds was urgent and expressed hope Abilene people would be liberal In their giving. Donations for this purpose may be left with E. E. Hollingshead, county chapter treasurer, at the Citizens National bank, or at the Reporter-News. . Baxter's message pointed out that a great deal of money was needed immediately to provide homes for those whose dwellings were destroyed, not to speak of food and clothing and treatment to prevent disease. See WARFARE. Pg. 3, Col. 4 A group of representative Abilene business men will be in Fort gamic herd to pass, on November j Worth tonight for the mammoth , 25. 1877.    r*Wy sponsored by the Fort Worth The Weather MARRIED TWICE He helped throw up the dump for the first railroad through West Tex- committee of the National Sale-men's Crusade. The A bi lemans will meet the or- Year's Most Serious Forest Fire Blazes , SEATTLE July 36—UP) — Rich pine stands and wheat lands were menaced today by the Pacific Northwest's most serious forest fire of the year, which already has spread over 100,000 acres of grass, brush and virgin timber on the Warm Springs Indian reservation in Jefferson county, Otc. Deschutes national forest offici- ABII.F.NK EM vicinity:    P»rtly cloudy to vomewbat unsettled tonight »nd Wednesday.     „    _________ West Toes: Generally fair tonight and ; na,jv_ Texan Wednesday.    ’ Hast TUM: Partly cloudy tonight and Wednesday, unsettled at times in north l*ortion; v,uime* in northeast and north-ccntrai port'on.* Wednesday. Highest temperature yesterday ....*1 lowest taint eratura this morning 71 as in 1878, when Buffalo Gap was ganizers and study the fundamental als opposed the recommendation of Taylor county’s capital, and Bell Plain was Callahan county seat. He plans of the crusade in order to present their finds at a mass meet- was married to Addle Brashear, a ing here later in th- week in Eastland county. in 1887. After her death, he was married to Margaret Gray, of Bell county, in 1920, at Tuxedo. Before his marriage. Ashburn lived in a dugout. Lumber for the Ashburn home place was hauled from Abi-• m lene in 1883. I1! A family gathering was The crusade is being conducted successfully In a number of Texas cities and has hun proposed for Abilene later in the summer. Final plea for Abilene business men to attend the meeting tonight was made this morning by J. C. held Hunter, president of the chamber of commerce, after representatives Indian agency officials that backfiring be attempted along the Metolius river in an effort to save the forest’s timber. The forestry officials were fearful a shift in wind would whip the blaze Into the valuable green pine. Fair Agriculture Committee to Meet March 13 to observe his 83rd birth- Qf ^ Abilene Traveling Men s as- ’ The agricultural committee of the day, with only two children absent;j sociation Booster club, chamber of fair association was to meet at 2 HOUSTON, July 26—(UP)—The crest of the flood on the Colorado river moved toward Bastrop, Smithville and LaGrange below Austin today, the U. S. weather bureau reported. A rapUJ rise hit the lower reaches of the stream, the greatest rate of climb being registered at Wharton, with 21.6 feet since 7 a. rn. yesterday. Stolen Government, Bond in Mail Box TULSA, Okla., July 26— (ZP) — A $1,000 government bond, stolen here last Friday night from Mrs. T. C. Cannon of Sherman, Tex., while she was a guest in the home of her sister, Mrs. Elma A. Thompson, was discovered in a mail box about six blocks away and returned to the owner today. Dawson M. Engle from the bond when he went to his box for his mail. There was no trace of $80 I in cash which the burglar took at I the same time, however. 711 Dan, a chemist for du P°n^ j commerce and Retail Merchants n    eats, Washburn, Wis.. and Mrs.    associatlon met at the Hilton to £    Mattie Riddle, Borger. Five other    complet<> plans for ^ trip. 82 sons are B. F. Ashburn, Edgar. Tom,,    Fort    worth rally will have ^    Jim and Joe, all of Stamford, and    a double-barreled feature at the ’    mi!    two other daughters, Mrs. W B.    T c jj. stadium tonight at 8 o- I iruT cumi/tDC .......5 ’? Apperson, Tuxedo, and Mrs, Mary j clock An unnamed speaker will LICHT    amJWCKa    ^u5o*Vm. 12:3# p    m    May, Stamford. His wife, the nine    tell how a supersalesman landed Pry    thermometer    7®    ti    82    children, 20 grandchildren and 3    the biggest order in the Lone Star wet J*"™0™'1” J} ll J, , great grandchildren survive.    1    state, the governorship. o'clock this afternoon to discuss the feasibility of a dairy show for the West Texas fall fair, October 3-8. Knox Parr. Taylor county agent, was to preside at the meeting. Members of the committee include Frank Antilley, I. B Duck. D. C. Cox, C. A. Wilson, O D. Dillingham, Leon C Ranson and Harry Holt. Corporation court often is called a court of human relations. Judge E M. Overshiner certainly found it so this morning. in his attempt to temper Justice with understanding and build a basis for peace among defendants. There was present a middle aged man charged with affray; he admittedly weighed 223 pounds and, had he been asked, probably would have admitted being Irish too. He declared that "the boys just asked for entertainment, and I tried to give it to them;” that they came to his home and waked him with more than offers to fight. The two young men, one with a head that had been stitched and bandaged by a physician, said they fought for the sake of their mother, to whom the older man had used abusive language. He then told his troubles—a 16-year-old daughter whom he can't keep at home; boys, including the two defendants, who try to make it easy for her to meet men she had been forbidden to go out with. The girl had spent Saturday night in jail, it seems. The court) had sympathy for the father, but not for his use of a fist wrapped around a pocket knife. The man was fined $10. The younger fellows likewise found the judge sympathetic for their injuries, but they drew penalties, too — $5 each. FILM CINDERELLA DANCES ON ICE SKATES INSTEAD OF IN GLASS SLIPPERS By DAN DE LUCE HOLLYWOOD, July 26 — {*) —Her glass slippers are a pair of ice skates . . . Her Prince Charming is a tough-skinned movie producer . . . and Irene Dare is another Cinderella . . . at the age of six. She didn't knew her luck today as she light - heartedly practiced ballet on a frozen rink. But In a hot studio projection room a Jury of “no mon" returned a verdict momentous for her career. The “no men” are a unique institution at Principal Productions, Inc., where shrewd Sol Lesser is the big boss. They are his way of learning in advance what the public likes. He had a new picture to edit, so he called them in haphazardly—two stenographers, an office boy, a janitor, a telephone girl, a gardener. “You are fans,” he explained. “What you say goes.” As they bustled into their seats, the lights went off and a movie unreeled. It was called “Breaking the Ice’’ and presumably it starred Bobby Breen, the boy soprano. But there was Irene on her silver skates. Her brown curls were tucked under a bellhop’s cap and she wore a blue-skirted uniform with big brass buttons. She skipped once around the rink on tip-toe. Then she danced. For nearly IO minutes—aeons as recokened by movie time— she danced. When the scene ended, Lesser asked two questions. “Isn t it too long? Doesn’t it hold up the story?” The jurors, to a man, said: “No." Irene had her sixth birthday last St. Valentine’s day and is now earning about $200 a week. ;

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Publication: Abilene Reporter News

Location: Abilene, Texas

Issue Date: July 26, 1938

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