Abilene Reporter News, July 26, 1938

Abilene Reporter News

July 26, 1938

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Abilene Reporter-News, The (Newspaper) - July 26, 1938, Abilene, Texas WISTTOAS? MEWSMKR Abilene Reporter- OR WITH OFFENSE TO FRfLNDS OR FOES WE SKETCH VOUR WORLD EXACTLY AS IT VOL. LVIII, NO. 58. ABILENE, TEXAS. TUESDAY MORNING, JULY 26, 1938.-8 PAGES PRICE 5 CENTS Japs Occupy Important River Port Chinese Defenses Crumble; Chiang's Army Retreating SHANGHAI, July military spokesmen announced today (heir forces had occupied Kuklang, Yangtze river port 135 miles down .stream from Hankow, the Chinese provisional capital. The Japanese army took unop- posed control of the city, the spokesmen said, when Chinese de- fenses crumbled and the army of Generalissimo Chiang Kal Shek be- gan retreating to the west and southwest. The fall of the Important port marked the breaking of the prin- cipal line of Chinese defense In the Yangtze valley, Japanese claimed, and. opened the way to Hankow. Japanese naval officers added that the Mikado's fleet of war Ves- sels simultaneously advanced up the mine-strewn river and began shelling the retreating Chinese. Air forces likewise Joined in the Mlnck upon the withdrawing army. Earlier foreign sources reported the invaders' cavalry vanguard fought to within three miles south- cast of the river port, 135 miles from Hankow an immediate objec- tive in the campaign to take the Chinese provisional capital. fitly Americans are at the Kul- Jng mountain resort, 14 miles south- east of Kukiang. Heavy firing to- ward Klukiang has cut off their escape to the northwest. Japanese airplanes and warships bombed and shelled Kiuklang's de- fenses ceaselessly. Fighting raged back and forth between Kiuklang and Kutang, seven miles southeast o( Lake Poyang. The United States Gunboat Mo- nocacy, Ihe British Gunboat Cock- chafer and the steamer Wenchow were standing by In the Yangtze above Kiukiang with foreigners from the river port aboard. As a preparedness measure to avert possible outbreaks of terror- ism in Shanghai on the first an- niversary ol the outbreak of the war here, the Shanghai volunteer corps is to be mobilized for s two- weck period. The anniversary date ts Aug. 13 and the precautions will be taken from a week before to a week after. Four Injured In Sweet water Crash SWE57TWATER, July Three ROECoe sottball players, and a Snyder man were in the hospital here tonight seriously injured is a result of a head-on automobile col- lision on highway 81 about one mile west of here. Most seriously injured was Jack Smith of Roscoe with a crushed lelt leg. Bones in the lower parl of (he leg were broken five limes Carrol Toone suffered an injured back and Bob Windham had his right hand cut In several places All Ihree boys were en route to Swcetwater to play a sottball game The occupant of the other car Edwin Sturgeon of Snyder, hac severe head injuries. The accident happened about o'clock. Leo And Daniel. SAN ANGELO. July city's latest prospective poll lax evaders Include Leo and Daniel, born to Mr. and Mrs. W. F. Treas. at local hospital at 6 o'clock tonight. Other suggestions considered were Hill and Billy. UNFINISHED DAM GIVEN SEVERE TEST Placid but dangerous water was licking at the soft earth three feet below the edge of the unfinished gap in Phantom Hill dam in the picture above. Men in the right foreground were workers, helping pile dirt In Ihe gap to prevent the quiet water from sweeping over and eating out the gap. Behind them the completed section of the dam may be seen, rising 30 or 40 feet above the water level. The completed sec- tion was not strained tn the least by the five billion gallons of water in the lake. (That's a fifth of its Sticking outof the water is the outlet tower, through which a half billion gallons of water Is flowing daily. It Is 15 feet tall, but. only 25 feet are visible. The water seen above will not be consumed by Abitenlans. Contractors will let it flow through the outlet, draining Ihe lake so work may be completed. (Reporter-News Staff photo.) DANGER Engineers Believe Fort Phantom Hill Dam Saved Close Watch Being Kept; Piles Of Filled Sandbags Available For Any Emergency A day of toil Monday saved Fort Phantom Hill dam from destruction by rampant Elm creek. After an early morning; threat to break through an unfin- ished gap in the dam, the gallons of water im- pounded in the lake bed ceased rising and the edge of the huge earthen embankment was built up out of reach of the water. R. C. Hoppe, resident en- gineer on the project, said last night that if no more rain fell the dam wai not in danger. He tnd Bud Shufford, Cage Brothers and J. C. Ruby's (con- tractors) foreman on the job, said the lake had virtually ceased rising. Em creek, rapidly subsiding, was adding little more water to the pond than the concrete conduit under the dam was letting through, Hoppe opined. AJ1 except t short gap In the three-quarter-mile-long dim is built to full faced with solid rock rip-rap. But in Ihis short last to be filled up In the scheme of dam was built up only 45 or 50 feet when last week's heavy rains started the creek a rampage. Sunday rains that sent the creek out of banks brought the lake to the danger level. All Sunday night workmen watched with fear. The water was not a, lashing, G. W. Duty, 90, Dies At Abilene Home G. W. Duty, 90, resident of Abi- lene for half a cenlury, died at his home, 1371 Cheslnut street, at Monday afternoon. He had been ill three weeks. Arrangements were incomplete last nlgt, but funeral rites will be held Wednesday, the hour to be announced from .the Laughter Fun- eral home. The Rt. Rev. H. Felder- hoff will conduct Requiem Mass at the Sacred Heart Catholic church, of which Mr. Duty was a member. He was born in Dallas county, Mo., May 7, 1848, and came to Tex- as in 1877, settling near Waco. In 1886, he moved to Midland, and two years later came io Abilene. He was a farmer. Survivors are four sons Charles W., H. Frank and R.'j. Duty, all of Abilene; two daughters, Mrs. Helen Garnctt of Dripping Springs, and Miss Clara Pearl Duty. Abilene. Burial will be made in the I.O.OJ1. cemetery, beside the grave of Mrs. Duty, who died in 1910. Woman Confesses Welker Slaying ELDORADO. Kas.. July Chief of Police Charley Parton said tonight a young woman arrested here had confessed Ihe slaying at Moriarty. N. of Francis Weikcr, a cattle buyer. The young woman was traveling with a youth. Parton said the couple their names as Robert Thompson, alias Brown. 17, and Mrs. Pauline Allin- Iger. 31. AFTER LONG C, M. Largent, Noted Breeder Of Herefords, Dies At Merkel Home MERKEL, July M. Largent Sr. 15. heart of the world famous Hereford breeding firm. C. M. Largent Sons, died at tonight at his home icar Merkel. He had been ill for about five monlhs. Funeral is to be held at the First Baptist church nt Merkcl at 3 o'clock Tuesday afternoon. The Rev. A. A. Brian, pastor, will olfl- clalc, assisted by the Rev. R. if. Walker, paslor of the Grace Prcs- bylcrian church, the Rev. John H. Crow. Methodist paslor. and the Rev. J. Sadie ot Pluluvicw, for- mer pastor at Merkel. Charles Marcus Largcnl was born In Collin county December IS. 1863. He moved lo Merkel for his health in 1895 and was In the mercantile business here until 1900 when he started the now famous Hereford fnrm. He Is survived by his wife, four sons. Willie Joe and C. M, Jr. all of Merkcl; Roy Largcnt of Brownwood, anrt a daughter, Mrs, U L. Swafront of Kansas Clly. Ten grandchildren and two great- C. ?l. I..IRGF.NT and Mrs. Largent celebrated Cielr swirling flood, as popularly sup- posed. Rather it was smooth as a fish broad still, peaceful ex- panse. Almost invisibly. )t was ris- ing toward the soft, raw edge of the unfinished gap. At 3 a. m. Monday Cov- tagton, who keeps the commissary at the construction site, went to homes below the dam' warning re- sidents of the empending danger. Should the waters break the gap out of the dam, he told them, a40- out ot the dam. he told them, a 40- Elm and Into the Clear JVrk ALARM BROADCAST At 1 a. m. he telephoned radio station KRBC, asked that an alarm be broadcast. Baptists camped at Lueders va- cated their quarters. Many families moved out of the danger zone. But late In the morning the wa- ter practically ceased rising. Mod- ern machinery and a big crew of men built the level of the gap up two feet. Last night the water had risen only a few inches from the morn- ing at 48 or W feet deep. And in the meantime the gap had been built up five or six leet. But the situation wat being watched closely. More rain may mean disaster. And piles of filled sandbags are stacked nearby. It will be necessary, said Hoppe to drain virtually al! the water caught in the lake to complete construction. It been roughly estimated that the lake has caught 000 (billions) gallons of fifth of the total capacity. Al the rate of half a billion gal- lons per day. It Is estimated that another five billion gallons of wa- ter has nm through the outlet con- duit. Monday night the lake had backed water up past Ihe twin silos on the Guitar silos being ft well-known landmark Ihrec miles south of the dam. Snyder SNYDER. July county received Its eighth consecu live day of rain Sunday, mostly moderate showers. Tolal (or the seek in Snyder is 3.09 inches, with the entire area soaked. The heaviest feed crop In history !s practically and cotton is to more rcjual the average January, yield despite drWlc cuts. Possible Sites For Veterans' Hospital To Be Viewed Today Seven tracts of land near Abilene are to go on display today to Capt C. H. Stratton of the federal vet administration as possibli sites of a new veterans hospital. Final selection of the sites and arrangements for their pur chase if selected' were made yes terday by members ol the Abileni chamber of commerce board of di rectors and the local veterans' hos pital committee. Stratton is to arrive in AWlen from San Angelo about noon today A tour of proposed sites is to star as soon as he arrives and continu- throughout the afternoon. He wil be accompanied by H. M. Wagstaff chairman of the hospital committee Max Bentley, H. J. Bradshaw, ant J. C. Hunter, chamber of commerc president, and T. N. Carswell, sec retary-manager. Other Texas cities bidding for th hospital are Houston, Dallas, For Worlh. San Angelo, Sweetwater Lubbock and Amarillo. TVA Director Defends Rates KNOXVILLE. July Tennessee Valley Authority's powe rates were based on a "calculate risk" but they are making mone> TVA Director David E. LWentha testified today before a congression al investigation committee. The director asserted that whll the rales were fixed in the TVA Infancy, five years before any al location of costs, they have with stood the test of time and are in fact, "too high." "These reckless statements tha we do not know the cost of power he said, "and that we are losin money on our rates have no shre of justification in fact." Llltcnthal admitted that he es tablished the rates and announce them without board approval charged by Dr. Arthur E. Morgan deposed chairman of the agcnc who testified last week. He defended this action by de claring the board had him to formulate a bafts for nego nations with municipalities clamor Ing for TVA power, and tnat he re pc; ted on steps leading to the actua rate fixing. HE'S A REAL MAN'- Demo Party Support Is Assured W. Lee O'Daniel Nominee Invited To Washington vluddy Waters Of Colorado Menace Austin San Saba, Menard, Brady And Llano Return To Normal By RAY NEUMANN SAN SABA, July Southwest Texas flood-swept area ontght cleaned away debris and for the homeless as the muddy waters, which caused dam- ,ge estimated at and laimed two lives, raced into the Colorado river to cause apprehen- lon at Austin, the state capital, nd Its lower reaches. Four towns in the fcer.ic Texas ill! country, San Saba. Menard, Brady and Llano, saw normally small streams, two of which rose o unprecedented heights, return' to heir banks after five days of wlde- pread rampaging. At Austin, however, the situa- tion ffev darker as tht Colora- do, one of the state's largest streams, passed the 33-fooi state and threatened to (o on its worst rampage since the disas- trous flood of 1935, when a. stage of 41.8 ftrt was reached. Residents of" the little country ;own of Bend, part In San Saba and part In Lampasas counties, were chased from their homes by waters of the Colorado, which surged to a record high for yesterday. No lives were reported lost, but most residents fled without being able to save household effects from the Hood, The bridge over the Colorado at Bend was washed out Already many small business es- tablishments'and residents south ol Congress avenue bridge were flood, ed. The San Antonio highway was closed, and the Baslrop hlsfr was expected to be blocked at an> time. SMITHVILLE IN DANGER Downstream, near Smlthville, the Colorado was rising al the rate o one foot an hour and was spread- ing over acres of fertile farm lands where corn was matured and cotton was reaching maturity. The river gauge was at 29 feet here and it was feared that by tomorrow morning the stream would equal the 1935 high-water mark of 40 feet 9 inches. San Saba. the hardest hit, wa. returning to normal tonight after the San Saba river, which climbei to a record high of 46 feet to tn undate a large part of the town Sat urday, receded to 20 feet, and con tlnued falling. The lall was halted temporarils during the morning by a four-incl downpour last night, but resume; at noon. Last night's pre clpitatton brought rainfall for th' section since last Tuesday to mor See FLOODS, ff. 8, Col. 6 The Weather and ikiniij: rarftj- 1YEST Tartly and Wfanfsilay. EAST I'arllj- ana VfedKfwlnr. H'arrnfr ondy n north portion NK1V MEXICO: rirllj- floudjr dar and IVeanfsSar. UI1le rhanie In ptramrr. rlcndT lodar 11 m It II HUhtiO und lowest Irmpr m. jtHrreay, n) ff, car HA. 101 11. ALLBED PRAISES O'DANIEL AUSTIN, July V. Allred, governor of Texas the Ust three and one-half years, requested his friends today to cooperate wholeheartedly with W. irt O'Daniel, who is virtual- ly certain to become governor January 17. Allred voiced the opinion the Tort Worth flour broker would make a. governor of whom Teias would be proud. Allred called O'Dankl'.t triumph viclory unparalleled no( only in (he history of Tevu but of the nation." "H Is his personal the governor said, "and due lo his efforts alone." "Unquestionably Mr. O'Danltl has a big Job ahead. He cannot carry out his profram without the wholehearted cooperation of all the people and all other pub- lic officials. I hope he tets It; and personally and "fficlallj I shall glad (0 assist him In any possible manner. "The first slep (n a program of cooptntlon should be taken by Mr. O'Daniel's friends at IKe county conventions Saturday. "W. tte O'Daniel is a fine, clean Christian gentleman. He has a fine family; and Mrs. O'Daniel is a lovely lady. They are simple anrt unpretentious, but the type of family anyone should be happy to have in their own home. vtled O'Daniel to visit Washington, O'Danicl smilingly aikcd if ther< were any "professional politicians' in Washington. Robert replied. "I hope you wil! come up and help me t get rid of Ihem." In other ways the backlash o. the astonishing election was con- tinuing at ODaniel's brick resi- dence. Telegrams, lelephone calls and letters continued to pour in from members of the legislature state officials and just plain citi- zens, fl.ANS VACATION" O'Daniel planned to leave tomor- row for a vacalion of a week or 10 days with Mrs. O'Daniel. their Kons Pat and Mike, and daughter. Molly The destination was not announced. Speculation developed, mean- while, over whether delegates to the state democratic convention to be held Sept. 13 in Beaumont would Set O'DANIEL, Ff. 8 Col. 6 Telegrams And Letters Congratulating Next Governor Of Texas Pouring In By HOWARD C. MARSHALL FOBT WORTH, July Lee nomin- .ted for governor of Texas on the democratic ticket in a political andslide, today received assurance of party organization sup- port. L. W. Robert Jr., of Washington, secretary and treasurer of ;he national democratic executive committee, "dropped in" on :he sensational "Hill Billy" nominee and later laid in an nterview he could depend on toe backing of the democratic party. "This man is no political fan- Robert said. "He is a real man and he knows what he 's doing." "It goes without saying that any man who represents as large a ma- orlty ol the people as he does will lave the full support of the demo- cratic party. He Is my kind of a democrat." "The vote Is conclusive, which I always like to sec because they give a full and complete expression of the will of the people." Robert had accompanied Presi- dent Roosevelt lo San Francisco and Chairman James A. Farley to Seattle. Farley, he said, was 'somewhere in the wilds of Alas- ka" but doubtless would communi- cate with O'Daniel soon. He In- 'My Job Is Going To Be Governor Of Texas'-O'Daniel FORT WORTH, July Lee O'Daniel and his "Hill Billy" orchestra have been de- luged with offers of theater and hotel dance engagements. The offers have come by tele- phone, telegraph, mail and per- sonal representation, but they haven't gotten anywhere. O'Daniel has turned them all down. "My job is going to be gover- nor of he said. The "Hill Billy a. seven-member orchestra which Includes his two sons, Pat and Mike, travelled with O'Daniel on his sensational campaign for the governorship. Majority For O'Daniel Now Over Col. Thompson Congratulates Next Governor DALLAS, July Lee O'Daniel's majority in tile race for ovcrnor continued to pile up to- ay, while the tlour merchant who ntered politics by way of his ad- erttsing broadcast went on the atr n another commercial program to thank Texans for their votes. O'Danlel's majority over the field if eleven other of hem seasoned 28.340 at the 6 p. m. tally of the Texas Election Bureau, and of- iclals did :iot expect the ap- proximately votes outstanding would alter the outcome. Injured Dublin Man Near Death BAIRD, July Georg M. Sitton, 38, Dublin produce man lay at the point of death tonlgh in Griggs hospital here with seventh' vertebral fracture follow Ing an automobile mishap fir miles west of Balrd late Sunda night. A specialist from Fort Worth 1 expected to operate tomorrow morning with a. chance in a hun dred to save his life. Sllton was one of three serious! Injured in the wreck. He also sus tained five broken ribs and wa paralyzed from the waist down ward. Carl Billingsley, avialor an former employe of the Abilene air port, and Luther Pittman, both o Dublin, received severe gashes. The car, in which they were rid ing skiddejd on the wet pavemen alter striking a fill shoulder o highway 81 and was sidcswiped b another car. Condition of Luther Pittman wa considered about the same, attend ants at the He nd rick Memorla hospital said last night. He wa sllll considered in a critical con dltlon. Seven Days Of Rain Break July Record And on the eighth day (Monday the rain ceased, and the clouc parted and Fort Phantom Hill res ervolr came near turning loose I billion gallons of floodwatcr on a unsuspecting countryside. Rainfall for month, up to dat< totaled 7.94 inches, breaking all pre vious records for Ihe monlh of Jul The previous high-mark of 7.8 inches was set In 1902. The week's total, seven dajs rain, totaled 7.45 inches. Ralnfa for the year stands at 29.17 inches far ahead of normal and of year. PICTURESQUE iUT NOT Lee OrDanielfs Method Of Campaining Just An Instance Huey Long Tried Won 0 n Cheese And Crackers Campaign WASHINGTON. July They get Into office' (and stay in) by picturesque methods sometimes, and !ne band which helped make W. Lre ODanlcl gov- ernor of Texas U just an Instance. He had, as B matter-of-fact. fore-runner in his tas'.e for rustic music as a bait for voles, and Ihis was none other than that supreme political strategist, the laic Hucy P. Long. When Long invaded Arkansas in 1930 In behalf of Senator Haltle Caraway, he was accompanied by an Owrk mountain "hill-billy band" and a sound truck. A whirlwind campaign of a week's duration con- verted what was confldered certain defeat Into victory for Mrs. Cara- Tn the same year Tom tried a rariatioii of this tech- nique In South Dikola. Run- ning (c-r jovernor, he toured the wllh a (croup of In full regalia and a loud-pUTlng brass band. He won. "CAVIAR CAMrAIGS- Bilt "hill-billy bands" and brass bands are by no means the whole story of unusual campaign meth- ods. Senator Reynolds ID-NO came to Washington originally after a successful "caviar campaign" against the then Incumbent sena- tor. Cameron Morrison. Morrison, he woaW say at his meetings iwhlch he reached In an ostentatiously antiquated automo- dwelt In luxury In Washing- Ion and ate caviar. iThc word civbr vu uttered in a tone ol horror.1 "And do you know what caviar Reynolds would ask. He would pause and then let Ihe citizenry have the awful news: "They are fish eces. and Russian fish eggs at that." William Hale Thompson's eleclic-n as mayor of Chlcayo on a basis oT what be would do (o Klnjt George V, 1( he ever found himself close enough to that monarchy Is well remem- bered. He would, Thompson loudly proclaimed, "but11 his majesty "In the "ALFALFA BILL- MURRAY The renewed "Alfalfa Bill" Mur- ray, returning to Oklahoma broke after an Ill-fated venture Into Bo- livia, ran a "cheese and crackers" lor governor. With old friend and an older car h toured the state, stuffing his pock cts each morning with cheese an crackers. Always, in a spot wher all the citizens could see. he iroul sit on the running board and ea his homely lunch. The exception and the politi- cal phenomenon of the house fs Rep. George Holden Tlnkham, republican, whose district lies In Boston's back bay. He puts on no show for Ihe voters. In (act, he (o Europe in campaign years and rtturns only in lime to cast his vote. Right now, he Is Ihe envy many a perturbed candidat anxiously and earnestly dlscussin Issues or racking wears' brains to some new antic that would attra AUSTIN', July 25 (AP) Railroad Commissioner Ernest O. Thompson, who ran second In Saturday's primary in the governor's race, tonight wired his congratulations lo the win- ner, W. Lee O'Daniel. "In all messaged Thompson, "I otfer my whole- hearted congratulations on your unprecedented victory' and my earnest co-operation In every effort to promote the welfare of the people of Texas." Defeat of Rep. Maury Maverick, outspoken congressman from San Antonio and of Rep. Morgan, slated ultimately to become chairman of the house ways and means com- mittee, appeared lo be certain. Rep. W. D. McParlane trailed Ed Gos- sett In another congressional but Oossett still lacked enough voU ess. for a majority. The status of prospective run- off races for other state offices was uncertain. Walter Woodul held a lead over Gerald Mann for attorney general, with and votes respectively. It was between O. A. Sadler of Longview and in- cumbent C. V. Terrell with 216.547 and respectively for rail- road commissioner. The other run-oft races: for land commissioner. Bascom Giles and incumbent William H. McDonald; supreme court, Incumbent Ben Crita and W. H. Davidson of Beaumont; judge of the court of criminal ap- peals, unexpired term, Harry N. Graves r.nd James A. Stephens; lieutenant governor. Pierce Brooks and Coke Stevenson. Sweetwater Men In Legislative Run-Off SWEETWATER, July (Spl.) Sweetwater men, Temple Dickson and Marshall H. pior, will contest for Ihe olffce of 117th leg- islative district representative in the August primary. Dickson ted the field wilii 3.55S votes; Pior receiving ballots. Charlie A. Jones of Rolan, whose home county gave him a big back- Ing, was a strong contender for runner-up In Ihe early returns, but as the last county came hi he drop- ped to third with a total ot 1.167. Ranee Dockery. Colorado, re- ceived ballots; and the fifth man was John Barry Hubbard 041. The vote by counties: Mitchell Nolan Fisher 75 151 Jones 353 306 1033 Hubbard..... 280 487 274 Pior......... 571 1137 51S Dlctson...... 471 2173 912 Barber And Outlaw In Run-Off Race SWEBTWATER. July Barber. Colorado, will con- test George C. Outlaw in the August primary for his ortlce as district at- torney of the 32nd judicial district. In R three-way race. Barber poll- ed votes to 3.529 for Outlaw, while Zollle C. steakley ot Sweet- water received All return- were complete, ex- cept Borden county: Sieakley Barber Outlaw Scurry ......754 1143 838 Borden...... 20 95 114 Nolan ......1678 585 2045 Mitchell ..479 1839 472 MIDLAND, July H. Goodman. Midland, led Clyde A. Bradford, Incumbent, by 250 votes, latest returns from the 8Sth dis- trict legislative race showed. Farmer Killed SEYMOUR, July A. Cockrell, 71, pioneer farmer of Westover. in east Baylor county, was killed today in a head-on col- lision between his car and a truck driven by E. N. New of Gllllland. New vu uninjured. ;