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Publication: Abilene Reporter News August 9, 1938

Abilene Reporter News (Newspaper) - August 9, 1938, Abilene, Texas • * • * • WIST TEXAS] I OWN I NEWSPAPER®fje sHrilene Reporter■WITHOUT. OR WITH OFFENSE TO FRIENDS OR FOES WE SKETCH TOUR WORLD EXACTLY AS IT VOL. LYU I, NO. 72. Called Presa (UP) ABILENE, TEXAS. TUESDAY EVENING, AUGUST 9, 1938—TEN PAGES AiMclated Pre(AP) PRICE FIVE CENTS LIGHTNING STRIKES BATHERS AT BEACH LIKE WORLD WAR BOMBARDMENT Soviet Big Guns Shell Jap Lines Silt to Destroy Dams Control, Probers Told Dean Taylor Says Effectiveness Due To End in 25 Years Seventeen persons were knocked dow’n and three killed when lightning struck a group of bathers at a New York beach. This was the scene as attempts were made to resuscitate victims. VOTING UNANIMOUSLY Abilene Adopts Crusade Business Men Pick Directors Sales Promotion Body to Hold First Meeting Thursday More than 125 heads of Abilene businesses voted unanimously this morning to organize a Salesmen’s Crusade here. DIRECTORS CHOSEN In less than an hour, a mass meeting of businessmen at the city hall aucihor’um investigated possibilities of the crusade, voted on the question sn J eiegted a board of directors to take charge. Direct fiom the group present the following were nominated as directors: O. E. Radford, 'toward McMahon, Ernest Grissom. Harvey Hays, Leroy leanings, Ray Clark, John B Ray, T. E. Kuykendall, M. V. Withee*. V. E. Behrens, W. S. Wag ley, W. P. Wright. E. P. Mead, G. W. Waldrop, Jack Simmons, Carrol Rogers and J. II. Moi eland. J. C. Hunter, president of the chamber of comment, agreed to act as an ex-officio member. Kuykendall was selected temporary chairman until the first meeting. First meeting of the board was called for Thursday night at 7:30 o'clock at the Hotel Wooten. VOTE UNANIMOUS Witn Lr. w. Waldrop, owmer Waldrop Furniture company, in charge, the meeting opened with a talk by J. L. Rhoades, manager of J. C. Penney department store, He went into details of organization of the national movement, and stressed poults that would affect Abilene. McMahon, aovertising manager of the Rtporter-News, gave a report of tile {Sweetwater crusade that started Saturday and a financial report prepared by a temporary committee elected last Thursday. “The expenses of the Salesmen’s Crusade in Abilene,” he said, “have been outlined by the committee as ranging around $600. This would indue?? a man to direct the crusade for 30 days and Incidentals. The incidentals would include Danners, pennants, buttons, pledge cards, and such.” A standi.!^ vote was taken. Every businessman in the auditorium voted in favoi of the crusade. May-December Romance Goes on Rocks; Wynn's Wife Recuperates' With Gigolo NEW YORK, August 9.—'UP)—What beautiful Frieda Mierse wants, she said today, is night life and gaiety but Husband Ed Wynn —well, he's 52 and she Is 27. So they’re separated, the famous comedian and his second wife, and some day—after shes had a fling or two—Frieda will think about going to Reno. It's not that she doesn’t like Ed. not at all. “The only trouble,” she said, "is that he's old and I’m young. It s making a wreck of me. We have been married 14 months. I’m tired of being suppressed and depressed.” Miss Mierse. who became Miss New York In a 1927 beauty contest. said she was recuperating here at the Gotham hospital from a nervous breakdown. She Ls recuperating, of evenings, with the aid of a tall, broad-shouldered, wavy-haired young man whom she identified as ::my gigolo.” She said she had to hire a gigolo, at $20 a night because everybody else was afraid to dance with her “because of my husband.” JAP AIRMEN DROP MORE BOMBS ON BLAST-TORN CHINESE CITY Leaflets Promise More Raids; Attack Doubles Two-Day Toll, Wrecks Canton CANTON. China Aug. 9—(JP)—Japanese warplanes, which dropped leaflets promising IO consecutive days of bombardments, unleashed explosives today that killed at least 102 persons, maimed 159, and buried uncounted scores.    i---- Tile first of the raids yesterday left 121 dead and missing and 180 Injured. Today's attacks lasted three hours and were part of widespread bombings throughout Kwangtung province in which many centers and railways suffered severely. Officials of this often-bombarded South Chines? port expected an intensification of the raids the rest of the week by the Fifth Japanese naval squadron, which recently relieved the third squadron. The missiles were mostly 500-pound bombs which Inflicted widespread property damage in industrial districts and Demolished hundreds of flimsy nouses, Two acres of such dwellings were laid waste by five 500-pound bombs in Talpingshan. Ten bombs completely wrecked the old waterworks. Another piled debris 30 feet high behind a theater. Catalogue for Fair to Prey Cotton Bonus Paid Hemorrhage Kills Wife of Chrysler FORT WORTH. Aug. 9    (UP)— Guy M Bell pocketed a $103 bonus today, paid by business firms for the first bale of 1938 cotton ginned in Tarrant county. Bell also marketed inc first bale last year, which arrived July 27. IO days earlier than this yeai 3 first bale. GREA'J NECK, N. Y„ Aug. 9. (TP) —Mrs. Wdi ci p. Chrysler, wife of the aux: magnate, died at their home nae last night of a cerebral hemorrhage, at the age of 61. The foe*.ict Della Forker, daughter of an Ellis, Kans., merchant, she had been Chryslers constant source of inspiration and encouragement during his rise from railroad worker to manufacturer and financier. They woe married in 1901 when Chrysler was a three-a-day roundhouse mechanic in Salt Lake City, and -began married life on $60 capital. 'RECOVERY'S' TRADE GONE, SO'S RAILWAY ATLANTA, Ga., Aug. 9. (IT)—The Georgia Public Service commission today hears a petition of the Atlantic Coast Line railroad for abandoning its station at Recovery, Ga. The reason: There is no business in Recovery. The 1938 West Texas free fall fair catalogue is expected to go to press today and will be ready for distribution almost immediately. The final premium list was turned in this morning and everything I is shaping up rapidly for the event1 here October 3-8 Several changes have been made to accommmodate larger agricultural and livestock exhibits. Premiums for individual exhibits of various crops will be about the ! same as last year. However, an at-1 tempt has been made to stimulate more interest in exhibits prepared by individuals such as that prepared by Robert Hill of Buffalo Gap I last year. Cash prizes will be given each exhibitor. The community booths are expected to be much J larger this time. All livestock entered in the open classes or FFA and 4-H division i will be breeding animals, whereas last year some fat animals were shown. It was decided by the agri- i cultural committee to make the spring show' strictly a project for; animals and the fair for breeding dosses. In keeping with this recommendation, a six-day dairy show of 16 classes has been arranged. And 12 classes for registered Herefords have been arranged, making the livestock division one of the features of the fair. There also will be a horse and mule show that is expected to attract many entries. All classes of livestock are included in the FFA and 4-H show. One of the features of that division will be the hog exhibit which will draw animals from many surrounding counties. As usual the poultry show will be an outstanding event and the premium will be about the same as last year. AUSTIN, Aug. 9. (AP)—Effectiveness of Buchanan and other dams in the proposed Colorado river rood control system will be destroyed in 25 years by silt deposits if the lakes are permitted to remain full, T. U. Taylor, dean emeritus of the University of Texas school of engineering told a state senate committee here today. The veteran civil engineer made the statement under questioning of former Gov. Dan Moody before the legislative group conducting an inquiry into charges mishandling of flood gates at Buchanan dam. 60 miles north of here, contributed to the recent destructive flood. Moody represented officials and residents of five counties south of Austin. GIVES SILT FIGURES "Buchanan lake, if It remains full of w'ater, will be ineffective as a flood control measure and as an electric power producing unit in 25 years,” Taylor said. “The silt deposits will reduce its water capacity to less than 25 per cent of the volume of the reservoir.” Taylor previously had Informed the committee he had conducted numerous surveys over a period of 30 years on the Colorado river’s silt deposits. The dean testified Austin lake in seven years after completion of a dam in 1893 had filled to 48 per cent of its capacity with silt and that from 1913 to 1922, after the dam had been washed out and rebuilt, the silt had taken up 84 per cent of reservoir’s volume. Dean Taylor said farmers Along the lower stretches of the river could not depend upon CRA dams to give maximum floor protection if reservoirs are filled to maximum capacities for hydro-electric power generation. He testified the manner in which Buchanan dam gates were operated released into the river below the dam as much water as flowed into the reservoir from its flooded tributaries, except for the flow from the Llano which enters the Colorado below Buchanan dam. “Then the release of water caused a greater flood at Austin and below Austin than if there had been no dam and the water had come down unhampered?” Moody asked. “Yes, providing It had come down in equal amounts,” Taylor answered. Sen. T. J Holbrook of Galveston, committee chairman, said he and Senators Wilbourne Collie of Eastland and Albert Stone of Brenham hoped to complete testimony which would clear the way for a report of federal and state engineers on August 29. FOUND BY DOG— Pot of Gold HAS CITY AGOG SAN ANTONIO, August 9— (UP)—A jet-black, green-eyed little mongrel dog, owned by a cultured and eccentric couple of San Antonio, is both a mystery and the talk of the town. One hot afternoon about three weeks ago the dog trotted up to its mistress, stuck a muddy nozzle into her hand and deposited a dollar bill. Next afternoon the same thing happened: and from then on the mystery deepened. Every afternoon thereafter the dog would get nerous and fidgety, finally scampering away from the house. In an hour or so she would return with a lone dollar bill. Usually there was mud or dirt on her nose, and sometimes the hair was rubbed off. The dog would permit no one to take the money except her doting mistress. Never did she bring home more than one dollar. Sometimes the bills were old-size, but most of them were of rather recent date. Bankers said they were not “wanted” bills. When the dog s master and mistress attempted to follow her in an attempt to find the money hoard, she wouldn’t budge, or would circle around In all directions until she lost them. But she always returned with the one dollar bill, never made two trips in the same day. Where the dog lives and who Its owners are, few people know —and they won’t tell. Even the police and the dog license bureau have been unable to locate the dog, her owners, or the money. Those keeping the secret fear, as do the dog’s owners, that publicity would spoil any chance of solving the mystery. Even now, the mystery may never be solved; for a few days ago the dog returned home from her afternoon’s money-retrieving tour and began vomiting. She had been poisoned. She got better, but up to today she had made no more excursions and has fetched no more dollar bills. Conflict Rages For Half a Day Along Frontier Tokyo Spokesman Believes Russia Reforming Lines To Dedicate 'Heaven'- ALL GOD S CHILLUN GOT WINGS -Also Drumsticks, Melon BY J. D. WHITE YUKI, Korea (Near the Siberian Frontier), Aug. 9. (AP) —Soviet Russia’s heavy artillery today subjected Japanese lines on Changkufeng hill to the most terrific shelling they had received since the current Siberian-Korean border trouble started July ll. All afternoon this correspondent watched the Soviet guns pour six-inch shells at the rate of at least six a minute along the entire four-mile Japanese front. Veterans who saw the bombardment said It equalled anything seen in the World war. A village at the foot of Changkufeng hill was biasing fiercely tonight as literally hundreds of shells scored direct hits. Early in the afternoon both Soviet and Japanese machine gunfire was audible above the steady rifle fire. RIVER FORDS HIT Then the Russians poured more City Pledges School Fund Four Questioned In Girl's Assault COLDSPRING, August 9—<UP) —Sheriff J. V. Hogue of San Jacinto county said today that he was questioning four men in connection with an alleged assault on a 17-year-old married girl of Texas City. Lee Selcen and H. L. Galloway of Livington told officers that they found the girl in a hysterical condition on Highway 35 north of Cleveland early yesterday. She was taken to a Livingston hospital. The girl told Justice of the Peace Sam Davison of Shepherd that she was hitch-hiking to Texas City from a visit with her parents in Angelina county when she met a man in a beer parlor near Cleveland. The man gave her a ride in his auto. assaulted her and then put her out on the highway. None of the suspects has been charged, Sheriff Hogue said. Rebel Killed MEXICO CITY. Aug. J—(UP) — Adelaide Barron, rebel leader and alleged commander of former Gen. Saturnino Cedillo’s personal body guard, was killed Saturday at Tor-tugas, San Luis Potosi state, by federal calalrymen, the war department announced today. At 2 o’clock this afternoon, Mayor Will W. Hair was all set to put his name on the dotted line fifty-six times. The occasion was the issuance of $55,000 in warrants on the current funds of the city, for the purpose of erecting a twelve-class room building to relieve congested conditions in the public schools here. The warrants were drawn in favor of the Farmers and Merchants National bank and the Citizens National bank, will bear four per cent interest, with due date on or before April 30. 1939. Twenty seven warrants for $1,000 each and one for $500 were drawn in favor of the F. Si M. bank; an equal amount in favor of the Citizens National bank. ORDINANCE PASSES An ordinance authorizing the city to borrow the $55,000 and to pledge current funds for payment of the warrants was passed on both first and second readings at a special commission meeting yesterday. Witnesses (although not necessary) to the signing of the warrants this afternoon were to be J. R. Fielder, chairman of the board of school trustees, L. J. Ackers and J. M. Hooks of the board’s building committee; Commissioner Lucian Webb and W. E. Beasley, and several members of the citizens advisory committee headed by W. J. Ful-wiler, the group which worked out the city’s refunding program and made a study of city school needs to the end that a $100,000 building program was mapped. This group has some matters to | iron out .el*).ive to the school building piano. Tnere is the matter of whether the city should retain final control of the Fair Park auditorium, or turn it over to the schools Without any strings at- to SEEK AUDITORIUM TTie citizens committee last week recommenued that twelve rooms be built adjoining the auditorium, and that it then be utilized for school pui pose*. Members of the school ooaid yesterday were insist- than 30 shells directly on top of Height 82, at the southern end of Shankgufeng and a battery of mountain guns began firing eastward from Height 52, half a mile to the south, against what was assumed to be a Soviet tank charge. The Russians next laid down with uncanny accuracy a blanket of fire along the hill crest which, after half an hour, left the green ridge bare and scarred. At least 140 heavy shells exploded In that area. Meanwhile, the Soviet guns poured dozen after dozen of huge shells In the fords of Tumen river north and northwest of Chsngkufeng, sending columns of dirty water high into the air. They never left off firing for more than two minutes all afternoon. Whatever Japanese fire was returned could not be J ’.entified. Earliei Japanese officers reported fresh Soviet Russian reinforcements *ere being brought into the border oallie zone after heavy shelling of the Shachofeng sector, northeast of Changkufeng. They said they expected the Russians soon to take "stD! more vigorous measures” In the conflict over the border hills which Russian soldiers began fortifying July ll and which Japanese forces captured July 31. SHELLING RESUMED Severe shelling of the Shachofeng sector began at dawn today and continued through the day. The officers said the Japanese army had made the fullest preparations to repulse any new attack on its positions. Soviet warplane activity was restricted today because of low clouds. In yesterday’s Soviet shelling of the Rashin Railway, the station at Kogi, lo miles from here, was blown up. A section hand was killed and a number of others wounded when a shell hit a first aid station.    , Japanese said there were no Japanese casualties in the bombardments during recent days but that there were numerous casualties among Korean villagers. By HENRY MCLEMORE KRUM ELBOW. N Y., August 9—(UP)—Father Divine and his A. E. F. (Angel Expeditionary force) were to dedicate formally and loudly today a new heaven whose rolling acres are within singing, shouting, and praying distance of President Roosevelt’s ancestral home on the Hudson river. All God’s rhllluns were to have wings—and drumsticks and second joints and watermelon—when they disembarked from two river steamers and started disturbing peace of this quiet valley with shouts of "Peace. Father” and “Peace, Ain’t It Wonderful.” The new heaven Is Krum Elbow. It was sold to Father Divine's followers for $51,000 by Howland Spencer, the president’s boyhood friend and vigorous anti-New Dealer, last week. It is directly across the river, which is narrow at this point, from the president’s Hyde Park estate. Krum Elbow was set to become heaven. Its boat landing was gay with bunting, signs welcomed the Harlem messiah, and the angels now living on the place had a hot fire going in the kitchen range. Caretaker Angels were disappointed when Father Divine and his fleet sailed right on by yesterday with shouts of "We’ll be back tomorrow.” But with true angelic insight they understood that Father Divine and his accompanying angels had had too much fun at their first stop, a minor heaven IO miles down river, to be interested in setting up another paradise at that late hour of the day. They felt God was just plum worn out. He had left New York City shortly after dawn In a steamer slowed down by a cargo of nearly 2,000 angels of all ages, each of whom had paid a dollar for the trip. For the dollar they got swing music, soda water, melon, a chicken lunch, and the privilege of being in the presence of God. The angels wore everything from riding habits to lace evening dresses. All wore an emblem of some sort. There were celluloid lapel buttons with Father Divine’s likeness on them, and tie clasps with the word "God” embossed on them. The women wore pins with God correctly spelled in rhinestones. Some of the more zealous female angels had huge pictures of Father Divine tied around their necks by black ribbons. One man, gunning for an archangel’s job, carried a monstrous placard read* lng “I love Father Divine.” Through all the confusion. Father Divine moved quietly, a neat, stumpy little man in grey worsted and suede shoes. Two Armories Proposed Here City May Receive $180,000 as Its Share In $7,000,000 Statewide Guard Project Abilene has prospects of sharing, to the extent of $180,000 in a National Guard armory building program projected for Texas. That would mean in event the statewide project goes through, two modern, reinforced concrete armories for Abilene, one on tho north side and the other on the south side of the cit?. Programmed tor Abilene Is $100,000 for an armory for the two artillery units for which the city is headquarters, and $80,000 armory for the Infantry unit, this structure to be sufficiently large for a second unit should an additional one be desig-  - nated here. Gen. C. E. Nimon of the state armory board was in Abilene last week inspecting proposed sites of the structures. Dan Laughter, C. W. Gill and T. N. Carswell compose a local committee checking on sites for the armories. MUST FURNISH SITE The Abilene building would be among 186 proposed in Texas the state program being outlined on the basis of an expenditure of seven million dollars. That amount is being sought through the Public Works administration, with applications already made, and, it was understood, on the way to Washington. Success of Abilene in its application likely will not be known before September I. First requirement before Abilene could share In the project was that the sites be provided, each to be a city block 300 feet square. In addition to use for army purposes, the armories would be so designed as to serve generally as community centers. While in Abilene, General Nlmon conferred with Capt. Frank Hobbs, Capt. Tom Williams and other National Guard officers. All officers and men of the National Guard units left Satrday for Camp Bullis and army maneuvers. Dam Project Speed Sought T. N. Carswell, secretary-manag* er of the Abilene chamber of commerce, will board the eastbound American Airways plane this afternoon for Washington, traveling as the city of Abilene’s representative to see what can be done to push through approval of a $360,-000 Phantom Hill waterworks project. The project, through which the city hopes to secure a grant ol $162,000 from the Public Works administration, was approved July 22 in the Region 5 office at Fort Worth, and forwarded to Washington. Runoff Primary Ballot Off Press New Unies Arrive For Cisco Hi Band Brooks, Stevenson Top County's List See SCHOOL FUND, Pg. #, Col. 4 DETROIT MANS FORTY-DAY FAST TO CURE HAYFEVER PROVES SUCCESSFUL DETROIT, August 9— (A*) — With the hayfever season nine days old, George McKenna hasn’t sneezed once—and that’s news. It means, according to McKenna. that the 40-day fast he endured Inst spring was not In vain, for its purpose was to rid his body of "impurities” and enable him to escape hayfever from which he suffered each August. At the conclusion of his great experiment, when he had dwindled from 150 pounds to 90 pounds, he issued a challenge to scoffers: “Come around and see me in August,” he said, “and if I have hayfever then, you can say that I was just plain crazy.” A week ago, he told inquirers that he wasn’t certain yet whether congratulations were in order. Little doubt remained in his mind today. ‘I am fairly certain now,' he said, “that I will never have hayfever again. Last year at this time I was suffering terribly and not able to do any work. You can see that I am not suffering now. “I feel like a million, but Fve still got my fingers crossed.” McKenna began his drastic home remedy in April. He intended then to do without food for only 30 days, but at the expiration of that period the color of his tongue led him to believe that the cure was not complete and the fast continued. He finally took food on the 41st day. He bought a goat, drank Its milk and before long had regained his normal weight. No. I positions on the Taylor county Uulot for the August 27 primary ait he’d by Pierce Brooks. Gerald Marin, Jerry Sadler. W. H. Davidson. Harry N. Graves and Otis Mille r The dialings under direction of the county democratic committee, were completed last week, and Saturday the oa: ots came off the press. Tnal vias just in time, for Monday morning there were 33 requests tot ballots to be mailed out to "aaad'tces." County Clerk Vivian Fryar had at least another dozen equesls for ballots this morning, ai.d three absentee votes had been wast in the office. INTEREST STILL KEEN All af which indicates a lively interest, despite the fact there will be no governor's race in the second primatv Thai places the name oI Brooks ii.s. on the Taylor county ballot. No. 2 position for lieuten-ant-govem.u or the ballot fell to Coke Stevenson. Other places in or- ' der: Land commissioner:    Bascom CISCO, Aug. 9— (SpD—Sixty-three bright uniforms were received here last weekend by the Cisco Lobo band. The uniforms, purchased by merchants, consist of sixty gold ones, trimmed in black and three white ones—one for drum major and one for each of two baton twirlers. The Weather City officials since have contacted Cong. Clyde Garrett, Senators Shepperd and Connally, who have been unable to find the project application in the Washington headquarters. Sheppard is the only one in Washington, but said Mayor Hair, the other two officials have been most helpful. At yesterday’s special commission ] meeting, the mayor and commissioners agreed that someone should be sent to Washington on the project; that if the project would be speeded up. any expense money would be well spent. Carswell, having worked IO years with the Fort Phamtom Hill committee, was asked to make the trip. He previously had been to Fort Worth on the project, in company with the mayor and other officials. The city has $180,000 from the $600,000 Fort Phantom Hill bond fund pledged on its part of the pipeline and pump station project for the new reservoir. In addition, the city has pledged another $18,000. ABILENE and vicinity:    Partly c'oudy tonight and Wednesday. West Texaa: Partly cloudy tonight and Wednesday. East Texaa:    Partly cloudy ‘un'nnt and Wednesday, probably local thundershower* near upper coast. Highest temperature yesterday ...MI Lowest temperature this morning . 75 Typhoon to Hit temperatures Mon. p.m. ..    93 . .    95 Tues. a rn. 78 ' See BELLOT, Pf. 9, CoL 7 1    .... 2 .... 3    •... 4    .... 5    ..... 8 ..... 7    .... 8 .... 9    .... 10    ----- 11    ____ Midnight Noon Sunrise Sunset 6:30 p m 6:30 a rn. 12:39 n.m. Dry thermometer    94    76    93 Wet thermometer    72    68    73 Relative humidity    36    68    39 96 97 96 95 92 88 84 82 79 CLOUDY 77 77 78 77 76 75 78 SI SS 89 79 92 .5:59 .7:29 SHANGHAI, August 9—(UP) -—Precautions which verged on martial law were taken in Shanghai tonight in preparation for a typhoon which was expected to strike Shanghai about 3 a.m. tomorrow. Streets in many part of the city were several feet under water. Traffic was stalled along the Bund, Shanghai’s main thoroughfare on the water front. Refugee camps were hard hit. One was leveled by the wind. Power lines were ripped down at some points, starting fires. Japanese sentry boxes on the bridges of Soo^how creek were blown over and smashed. ;

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Publication: Abilene Reporter News

Location: Abilene, Texas

Issue Date: August 9, 1938