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Abilene Reporter-News, The (Newspaper) - August 8, 1938, Abilene, Texas WESTTEX4S' WITHOUT, OR WITH OFFENSE TO FRCKNDS OR FOES WE SKETCH YOUR WORLD EXACTLY AS iT VOL LVII1, NO. 71 Catted Press ABILENE, TEXAS. MONDAY EVENING, AUGUST 8, PAGES Associated Press <AP) PRICE FIVE CENTS LABELLING SOMEONE Retired Dean Claims Colorado Flood Preventable NEW MANAGER SAY, 'WRONG WAY' CORRIGAN, HOW ABOUT MAKING TRIP UP NIAGARA FALLS IN A BARREL? Warns Of Repetitions Until Lake Dry NIAGARA FALLS. N. Y., This city thinks it has a proposition which will inter- est Douglas (Wrong Way) Cor- rigan, The Liars' club, inviting him to a luncheon, wired: about goinir up Niagara Falls in a barrel? Everyone else has gone down." BOSTON, August His Irish eyes smiling, Douglas Corrigan today dropped in on the city he visited seven years ago "flat time to receive the acclaim of thous- ands for the courage that took him across the Atlantic on a "wrong way" flight. He came here aboard a big airliner, a far cry from the an- cient, "crate" in which he winged his way to Ireland. NEW YORK, August (UP) The "Corrigan crate" arrived today aboard the S. S. Lehigh. The nine year old plane which carried Douglas Corri- gan from New York :o Dublin left Ireland before its master but got back home more than three days later. It will be re- assembled at Mitchell field. Corrigan, before leaving Ne- wark for Boston, disclosed that he had turned down a from a night club owner for the old Curliss-Robin plane which cost hmr AFTER PATROLMAN Missouri Area Combed for Bandits Two Believed MERLE GRUVER C. of C. Employs Henderson Man Hunter Receives Acceptance Wire Of Merle Gruver Merle Gruver. manager of the Henderson. Tex., chamber of com- merce, today accepted the manag- ership of the Abilene chamber of commerce. J. C. Hunter, chamber of com- merce president, received Graver's wire of acceptance this morning. HUNTER PRAISES Agreement between the board of directors and Gruver had been reached here in a series of confer- ences Friday and Saturday. Grav- er delayed formal acceptance until his return to Henderson and a meeting of the chamber of com- merce beard there. Said President Hunter: Gmrer is the unanimous choice of the nominating committee and the board of directors. He was not a formal applicant for the place but we were told about him and received fine recommendations of bis work from many places throughout Texas. He was one of 40 men considered by the committee and the board. Among them were a number of good men." Gruver informed Hunter he would assume his duties here in the first week of September, FOR3EERLY AT OLNEY The Henderson man will succeed T. N. Carswell. who resigned re- cently after 14 years of service. His resignation is tember 1. Gruver was reelected in March to serve his ninth year as manager of the Henderson chamber. Before going there he was manager of the Olney chamber five years. He is immediate past president of the Texas Chamber of Commerce Managers association. He has at- tended 13 consecutive conventions of that organization, two sessions of the National Institute for Com- mercial Executives at Svanston, 111., ar.d several Southwestern Schools at Dallas. MINNESOTA NATIVE Gruver is 36 years old. He was bom in Brewster. Minn. His fam- ily moved to the state of Colorado when he was five years old. He was educated in the Monte Vista, Colo., schools and in the Univer- sity of Colorado. He was employed in the public relations department of the Los Angeles Gas and Electric company several years and entered full-time chamber of commerce work at the age of 22. Mr. and Mrs. Gruver have one child, a daughter, Bitsy. 12. She has been "sweetheart" of the Texas Chamber of Com- merce Managers association each of those 12 years. Hid in Woods After Escape Pair Flee in Car After Shooting It Out With Officer MINEOLA, Mo., peace officer in Southeast Missouri today join- ed the state highway patrol in a manhunt for two desperate criminals who shot and wound- ed Sg-t. Frank Hagen of the patrol yesterday in a running gun battle near Florence, Mo. It was the most intensive search ever conducted in this section of the state. PICTURE IDENTIFIED The men were believed to be in hiding in a 25-mile square of wooded country west of the Mis- j sissippi river, and. officers combed the territory in squad cars, in an airplane and on foot. One of the hunted men was Identified as Dan O. Davis, wanted, in connection with a bank holdup in Minden, La, a crime in which Floyd .Hamilton and Ted Walters, escaped Texas desperadoes, also may have been involved. The wounded patrolman identi- fied a picture of Dai-is in a Terre Haute newspaper found in the car which the men abandoned after the affray with Hagen He said that it was the same man who was driver of the car. The paper reported that Davis, the suspected Minden ban- dit, was believed ot be in the Terre Haute area, effective Sep- WOUNDED IN ARM Hagen said, he stopped to ques- ti'on the men in a routine check, i because of the Indiana license i plates on their car. I Without warning-, the driver attempted to draw a weapon and when Hagen reached to disarm him; the second bandit, who had been crouching in the back of the car, fired a revolver hitting Hagen in his left arm and forcing- him to release his grip on the driver. The men fled, Hagen exchanging shots with them in a running: battle. Early today a fining station at- tendant at; Palmyra, about 50 miles north, reported two men answering the descriptions of the bandits had stopped for gasoline. Like Timid Wild TOI HIDES FROM RESCUERS Won't Tell Story STURGEON PAULS, Ontario August Femand Tessier. who survived 5 days alone in wild, terrifying brush country populated by wild animals, was a hero today to the whole Nipissing district. Neighbors came to pat his head and call him a brave and re- sourceful little man, and to ply him with questions. They found him in bee, against his will, uncommunicative. His parents assumed that he had eaten berries, the only sustenance that the wilderness provides, and that he was too young to realize the perils he had un- dergone. A searching party of farmers who found him late Sunday had to run him down. He ran when he saw them coming and the story learned from his footprints was that several times pre- viously he had hidden in thickets when other searchers passed near him. He whimpered on being but otherwise ap- peared to be in good spirits and health. He was found only a half mile from home, from where he strayed last Wednesday, but he was a wanderer in a jungle that eysn the "native trappers enter men have been lost and died, or gone crazy with terror. Unmindful of this. Femand went out in search of berries and evidently found a Dlentiful supply. While he foraged, 400. farmers and trappers" searched "for him. They had been almost ready to give up when they found him. The family doctor treated him for exposure and an inadequate diet. Siberian Border 'Purge Claimed Japanese Communique Indicates New Battle Most Serious Along Frontier By H. O. THOMPSON TOKYO Aug. Japanese war office commu- nique said tonight tnat Soviet commanders were carrying out a "purge" on the Siberian frontier "battlefield where Japanese and Russian troops fought hand to hand for four and one-half hours today. The war office attributed its information to two captured Soviet soldiers. It quoted them as saying that Soviet morale j was low. They said the Soviet commander of a unit of 20 tanks was executed in the front lines, when he attempted to surrender. Another war Posse Scours Trinity Banks For Fugitives Officers Discount Belief of Hunters One Is Hamilton York Reports Convention The Weather ABILENE aad vicinity: Generally fair j tonight and Tuesday. West Texas; Generally fair tonight ar.d I Tuesday. Sast Texas: Generally ja-r In north. i partly cloudy in south portion tonight and i I Tuesday. j j Highest, temperature yesterday ....97: j temperature this morning .75 i TEMPERATURES Mrs. Chrysler HI NEW YORK. August Walter P. Chrysler, wife of the automobile manufacturer, suffered a cerebral hemorrhage today at her home on Kings Point, near Great Neck, Long Island. Her condition was described as serious by her son, Walter P. Chrysler, Jr. More than 300 members of the County Judges and Commissioners association of Texas attended a called session Friday and Saturday in Port Worth. If the aims which that group sought are accomplished shortly. Taylor county's new tax rate for the year maj- not have to be hik-sa to 65 cents after all. County Judge Lee R. York ar.d Commissioners Luther Webb ana Luther McMillon attended the meet- ing. York explained today hat the primary purpose was to explain the survey underway in Texas by which it has been hoped that road district bonds can be refinanced at a lower rate of interest. A New York !irm had been hired to do the work, said York, and rumors of various sorts had stirred u? orfioials of many counties. One aim of the meeting was to exrtlain ite survey, which had been authorized by the state legislature and finance! by the state highway SURPLUS FUNDS The other purpose of the conven- tion: There is a surplus of built up in the county and road dis- trict debt assumption fund of Tex- as, and the amount continues 'to grow. The attorney general has j ruled that this can be distributed i among the various counties, but on j what basis has not been determined, i At the Fort Worth convention, rec- j ommendaticns were outlined, and the importance of action ressec. j Some counties are not setting tax office communique fixed Japanese casualties in the Changkufeng area, from the begin- ning of hostilities until Saturday, at 70 killed and 180 wounded. So- viet casualties were estimated at 1.500 without classification. RUSSIANS REPULSED It was indicated today's engage- ment was the most important one in 11 days of intermittent fighting on the frontier. Casualties were reported large. The foreign office announce- ment itself was unusnal. 2nd perhaps significant, in that it made no differentiation be- tween the extent of Russian and Japanese casualties. This is a distinct departure from the well-defined custom of empha- sizing an enemy's Tosses and minimiding those of the an- nouncing side. According to the foreign office spokesman, the Russians attacked' at 2 am. today in the Changkufeng sector and advanced to within 200 yards of Japanese lines. Then the Japanese troops went over the top and. meeting the Rus- sians in the no man's land between the lines, fought them hand to hand with bayonet and hand gren- ade, it was said. Coincident with this serious announcement, there was another as serious on the dip- lomatic aspect of the frontier admission by the foreign office, in a public sum- mary, that Russia had rejected Japanese proposals for cessa- tion of fighting. The foreign office denied reports FORT WORTH, Aug. (UP) Officers searched the Trinity river bottoms in east Fort Worth todav for two men and two girls who abandoned a bullet riddled automobile Sunday when it became mired. The men. police believed, were those wanted for a highway rob- bery in Kennett, Mo. The automo- bile figured in a running gun bat- tle Saturday night between Dallas and Fort Worth. HUNTERS FIND CAR The police were outdistanced, but blood-stains found on the front seat of the fugitives' car indicated one man was wounded. Two Fort Worth men, M. C. Smith and H. R. Carlock, (feme up- on the stalled automobile Sunday while they were hunting squirrels. Carlock went to call police, while Smith remained to watch. The two j couples appeared while Cariock was gone, and Smith departed when he was threatened with a gun. BELIEVED IVHSSOURIANS Smith later identified pictures of Floyd Hamilton and Huron (Ted) Walters, notorious fugitives from Montague county jail, as likenesses of the two men. Police doubted that the men were Hamilton and Walters, however, since evidence left in the abandoned automobile in- dicated that the men were these wanted in Missouri- i The automobile bore license j plates stolen in Missouri, and un- I der one seat were the plates that were on the car when it was stolen. Choose Between 'Farmer in Power, hie Advises Governor and Mrs. A. B. (Happy) Chandler went to their home town of Versailles, Ky., to vote in the democratic senatorial primary in: -which! Chandler opposed Sen. Alben W. Barkley. "Down the said the governor as he drop- ped his ballot. AUSTIN, Aug. The recent devastating Colo- rado river flood could have been avoided if the Buchanan dam flood gates had been open- ed 48 hour? earlier, in the opinion of T. TJ. Taylor, retired dean of engineering at the Uni- versity of Texas. The veteran educator, appearing at a prelimineray assembly of the senate investigating committee, said he had been asked by three fanners whose crops had been destroyed to represent them before the group. SOMEONE "Until Buchanan lake Is kept empty, there will be repetition of these floods." Taylor said. afford Hood protection a dam must have its yates open and its lake full of air. As a res- ervoir for power production, it must be full of water. The two functions are absolutely antag- onistic." The silver haired dean said, in his opinion, a choice must be made between "the farmer, "in the valley or the money di- vidend in the hills-" "This disaster he as- serted, "that someone in the Colo- rado river authority should be elected to a life membership in the TBonehead HEARING RECESSED Taylor said also the silt-accumu- lation factor, which he claimed rendered a dam-lake useless after a number of years, had been totally ignored- in the construction of .Buchanan and Inks Yarns' and res- CHANDLER CONCEDES KENTUCKY PRIMARY VICTORY TO BARKLEY Threefold Triumph in Primaries of Tuesday Next Objective of FD's Men FRANKFORT. Ky_ August Gov. A. B. Chandler today conceded the senatorial nomination to Sen. Alben W. Bark- ley. In a conjratulatory telegram to Barkley, the governor said: "I have no excuses, alibis or regrets." Chandler promised Barkley his "active" support in the November general election. Wet thermometer Relative humidity BEGINNING TODAY- yet, in hope that the func ill j from Moscow that the Russians had recaptured Changkufeng. from which the Japanese had claimed to have ousted them. See COUNTY JUDGE, Pg. S, Col. 6 Crusaders Fate Decision Due With fate of a Salesman's Cru- sade at stake, businessmen of Abi- lene will gather in a mass meeting at the hall auditorium tomor- row morning at 10 o'clock. Heads of local businesses "will be given their last chance to sponsor the business -stimulating organiza- tion that has been adopted by 703 cities or the nation in the last 67 days. G. W. Waldrop. chairman of a temporary committee to investigate the movement, will explain in de- tail the working of the crusade. Cost of the crusade will be. cited. as will the exact procedure to be followed in organization. Following explanation of the move, the floor will be open for informal discussion and those pres- ent may ask any questions. If response is favorable to ro- ganizacion, a committee will be ap- pointed to draw up plans. Bogus Money Charges Filed Horace A. Alexander of Sweet- water was in Taylor county jail to- The Reporter-News' 75 day on a charge of possession and i got the Derby Lindys in England LYMPHNE. England. Aug. Charles.A. Lindbergh and Mrs. Lindbergh landea at Lymphne airport today on a flight from Le Bourget airport. Paris. It was un- derstood he would have certain re- pairs and alterations on the plane j made. LOUISVILLE, Ky, August (AP) resumed counting ballots in Saturday's primary today -with senate major- ity Leader Alben Barkley holding a decisive lead over Gov. A, B. (Happy) Chandler for renomination. Returns from 3.336 of the state's precincts gave 225.045 votes for Barkley and for 'Chandler. Barktey-'s majority being Five democratic and one re- publican representatives were lead-ing in their races. Three others, all democrats, were without opposition. On the basis of returns. Earkley will be opposed for election in November by John P. Ha swell. Hardinsburg at- torney, who apparently won the republican nomination. WASHINGTON, August The indicated Kentucky victory of Senate Leader Aiben W. Barkley increased the hopes of administra- tion lieutenants today for a three- fold triumph in tomorrow's sena- torial primaries. Democratic senators Robert Bulkley of Ohio, Hattie Carraway of Arkansas, and James P- Pope of Idaho w-il! be up for renomination as loyal Roosevelt backers. Senator Pope's iace against resentaiive D. Worth Clark, how- ever, njrtV bring the only clearcut test of administration policies. Pope, who helped write the crop __________ control act, has not opposed any Rooseveli measures, while Clark as Mann for Pensions a seif-styled conservative votea against the government reorganiza- tion bill and various other White House proposals. In Arkansas. Representative John McCIelian told a rally yesterday that he is as loyal to the president as is Mrs. Carawav. whom he is opposing. The only woman sen- ator, completing her seventh year The. (Jams were the first ones j completed in a series of proposed i flood prevention and electric power production units along -the unruly i Colorado river. Shortly after Taylor's state- ment, the committee, under the chairmanship of Sen. T. J. Holbrook of Galveston, recessed to confer with officials of the state board of water engineers and the. state, reclamation bu- reau. Hclbrook announced they would reconvene later in the day to determine whether a. formal investigation into the .operations and policies of the Colorado River authority would be undertaken. Committee Members Eolbrook, "WTLboume Collie of Eastland and Albert Stone of Brenham, "the di- rectors of the river authority, a number of farmers and others were present. Senators- Rudolf Weinert of Seguin and Joe Hill of Henderson, ether members were absent. Former Gov. Dan Moody was See FLOOD PROBE, Pg. 9, CoL 5. 'Brown Derby' Ad Contest Spirited employes off to a selling counterfeit- half dollars. He was arrested by federal and Sweetwater city officers Saturday and was arraigned before 17. S. Commissioner Ida M. James later in the day. Bond was set at Sl.OOO. Two other men suspected of hav- ing a part in the counterfeiting ring also were arrested and jailed in Sweetwater. No charges have been filed in their cases. A woman, arrested with the two men. was released after investiga- tion. I EL CAMPO, Aug. people in Texas deserve "an ade- quate pension." Gerald C. Mann, spirited beginning Saturday and. Monday with sharp competition be- tween the "Reds" .and "Blues" in the sale of advertising in the news- paper. All from the publisher to the youngest cub reporter and the printers' "devii" are on one side or the other. The contest will-con- tinue four weeks, starting in yes- terday's paper. The side selling most "card" advertising will get a feed, probably a barbecue picnic, at the expense of the Icsers. Also, each person will receive a cash commis- sion for every dollar of advertising sold. This contest is based entirely on sale of advertising up to limited space per day that must run in all issues for not less than a week. In other words, such an at a special "flat rate" runs in not less See POLITICS, Pg. 9, Col. 6 candidate lor attorney general as- I 12 editions. These include all serted in a camapign speech today, r morning and evening editions for "I have favored pensions from the seven days. first." he said. "I maintain that The field is open. Each person we must reduce the cost of govern- j may call on any firm or individual mer.t in order to pay our citizens i in Abilene or anywhere else. one in their old age and infirmity." has a special list of prospects. TMC By MAX SALTMARSH Chapter One A RIVIERA BLONDE said Hugo Stern suddenly, "a blonde over there has her eye Dn you." ,.J "Do you mind-" x asked Patiently, "being a trifle more ex- plicit? This place is full of blondes." "The one I mean is sitting thirty degrees right, at the corner table. Don't look round. She may be some flame you'd rather not re- tindlc, or she may merely have a j male, but she's definitely got her, weakness the Tarzan type of I eye on you, and if you catch iti she'll take It as an invitation." "Not when she gets a clear sight of my I retorted, and I turn- ed, ignoring his protest balancing my gin fizz precariously on the arm of my chair and surveying the landscape. It was even as I had See Page 5, CoL 3. Soviet Threatens Drastic Action B" United Press Soviet Russia threatened today to i abandon diplomatic fencing and re- sort to drastic artillery and aerial warfare to settle her Siberian fron- I tier quarrel with Japan. I A four-hour battle in the Chang- ikufeng sector and another fruitless {diplomatic exchange in Moscow shoved the Far Eastern border con- flict to a new crisis after 11 days of but often severe fighting. Foreign" Commissar Maxim Litvin- off told the Japanese that hereaft- er the red army will strike with full i power at any invader. FATHER DIVINE'S 'ANGELS' SAIL HUDSON 10 'PROMISED LAND' NEW YORK. August boat loads of Father Di- vine's cult followers sailed hil- ariously up the Hudson today for their newest Krum Elbow, across the river from President Roosevelt's es- tate. Both boats were provis- ioned with ice cream, soda water and watermelons. Father Divine rode on the City of New York, flagship of the fleet. All three decks were crowded with his "an- gels." The trip was described as a two-day excursion tc the "Prom- ised Land." It had been widely advertised in Harlem. The boats will return tomorrow night after the cult has inspected the 500-acre estate it acquired from Rowland Spencer, boyhood friend and political enemy of Roosevelt. It was the ancestral Spencer family estate, deep in a quiet, dignified Hudson river section where some of the na- tion's oldest families settled centuries ago. The cult members, mostly wo- men and predominantly negroes, began assembling at the pier long before dawn in a state of high enthusiasm. The cry "Peace, or "Peace, greeted each arrival. The second boat was the Manhattan. During the night, crews of men carried vast stores of food aboard. There was general chuck- ling when the arrived. The crowd waited patiently and good-naturedly, and five policemen stationed there to preserve order had no work. Shortly after 6 a. m. Father Di- vine arrived in his luxurious limousine. As he stepped to the pier, dressed in a suit of deli- cate gray, there was pandemon- ium. The orchestra began to play, his followers shrieked, clapped their hands and scramb- led to touch him, yelling "Peace, lather."