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Publication: Abilene Reporter News August 10, 1938

Abilene Reporter News (Newspaper) - August 10, 1938, Abilene, Texas ®f)e Abilene Reporter—"WITHOUT. OR WITH OFFENSE TO FRIEND? OR FOES WE SKETCH YOUR WORLD EXACTLY AS IT GOES/’-Bvron VOL. LYU I, NO. 72. United Pres* (CP) ABILENE, TEXAS. WEDNESDAY EVENING, AUGUST IO, 1938—FOURTEEN PAGES Associated Press (AP) PRICE FIVE CENTS AS CARAWAY, BULKLEY LEAD— Idaho’s New Deal Senator Loses FATHER HIRES LAWYER FOR SON WHO PLOTTED HIS DEATH PARIS, Mo., Aug. IO. (UP)— Nat Young, wealthy Central Missouri farmer, faced the hardest task of his life today. He obtained an attorney to defend his only son, Clifford Young, 29, who confessed yesterday that he had plotted to kill his father to be certain that all of the estate would pass into his hands. The 60-year-old farmer was broken and dejected as he listened to details of the piot. “To think that my only -on wanted me dead so he could get my money,’’ he said. “It’s the bitterest thing that has ever happened in my life. But I hun t .want him to go to the penitentiary.’’ The son, in his confessijn, told Tom Proctor, Monroe county prosecuting attorney, that his father was to have b.en shot down July 16 by four men hired by him. The plot iai.ed, he said, when he did net pay a $500 fee to the prospective murderers. The elder young said that he wanted his son sent to a mental hospital rather than to the penitentiary. In his confession, the son said that he sought to kill his father because he feared that he would marry again. In this event part of his estate would have gone to his wife, and the son feared that he would lose his inheritance. “I had no intention of marrying again,” said the father. “I promised my wife a year a^o last July, when she was on he deathbed, that I would nev’r marry another woman. I intend to keep that promise.” The four men involved in the plot, according to Proctor, weie John Airheart, Pat Morgan, Aubrey Bybee and Ed Schumaker, all of Mexico. Mo. Each confessed participation in the plot. CONTRADICTING TOKYO— Soviet Reports Heavy Jap Losses Armies Dig in Along Border FATHER DIVINE LEADS WAY TOWARD 'NEW HEAVEN Russians Retreat In Grenade Duel Between TTenches MOSCOW, Aug. IO—(AP) —A communique from head- ! quarters of the Soviet maritime army on the Siberian-Korean j frontier said today that Japanese “suffered great losses” yesterday in fiehting around Changkufeng hill. The communique asserted the Japanese had made “a number of attacks” on Russian positions on the disputed hill, but had been driven back each time REPORTS CONFLICT (Dispatches from Yuki. Korea, near the scene of the fighting, said the attacks were made by Soviet forces against Japanese positions and quoted Japanese army officers as saying they were repulsed. They also described a heavy Soviet shelling of Japanese lines) The Soviet army communique said “over the whole area artillery fire is continuing.’’ It described the situation on Chanerkufeng hill as follows: Disposition of our troops lies along the frontier line with the exception of a certain area on t op of the hill where Japanese positions have entered a wedge into our territory about 200 meters (656 feet) and our troops In their turn have wedged into Japanese - Manrhukuoan territory about 300 meters (984 feet).” Shelling Resumed, Planes Bomb Japs YUKI. Korea (Near the Siberian Frontier), Aug. IO. (AT)—Japanese army officers said today Soviet Russian troops had dug in near the crest of Changkufeng hill after an unsuccessful charge up the eastern slope    % The charge, which took place early today under cover of tanks, and mountain guns, was halted after a hand grenade duel with See RCSSO-JAP Page 13, Col. 4 Newsmen to Hear Oklahoman Speak SEYMOUR, Aug. IO.—(/Pi—Offi-cials in charge of arrangements announced today that H. Merle Woods of El Reno, Okla.. president of the above Kiukiang and opposite Wu- Father Divine (In gray suit) pleads his followers ashore at the Chinese Claim Japs Wavering Nipponese Lose Munition Supply In Flood Waters SHANGHAI. August 10-<UP> — Chinese military spokesmen said today that Japanese army lines on the north bank of the Yangtze river below Hankow were wavering under a reinforced Chinese drive. Four thousand Japanese troops were barricaded in the ruins of Hwankmei. on the north bank of the river 125 miles above Anking. after a severe engagement in flood waters, the Chinese said. MUNITIONS SCANTY Chinese troops fought to the heights overlooking the city. There was a foot of water in the streets of Hwangmei and the Chinese said Japanese trenches in the lowlands were completely flooded. The munitions supply of the harassed Japanese was rapidly dwindling. Much was lost in the floods while the Chinese kept their munitions dry on the highlands, Chinese reports said. The Chinese admitted that the Japanese threatened to land on the south bank of the river 30 miles Milton, N. Y., “Heaven” en route to Divine's new “Heaven” at Krum Elbow, across the river • * • from President Roosevelt’s estate. A step behind the Harlem cult leader is Mother Divine. * * * Oklahoma Press association, would speak on a program of the West Texas Press Association here week-end. The West Texas association, anticipating a record attendance, will meet Friday and Saturday. Among speakers listed here Her-schel Schooley of the Hardin-Sin> mons university journalism department; H. S. Hilburn of Plainview, president of the West Texas cha rn - husueh, where the Chinese “god of war” division repulsed a north bank this | landing several days ago. Chinese forces were harassing the Japanese rear line positions between Wuhu and Anking while assuming the offensive in the upper Yangtze valley, reports from .the front indicated. Harlem Cult’s God’ Back From Heaven’in Temper NEW YORK. August IO—(UP)—Father Divine and 2.500 of his ' angels,” gorged to the ears on watermelon and fried chicken, returned today from a two-day excursion up the river Hudson to the ‘ Promised Land,” opposite the Hyde Park, N. Y„ home of President Roosevelt. The angels were weary from feasting, shouting and swinging to the jazz band, and Father Divine was ill-tempered. He came down the gangplank from the steamer City of New York, flagship of his two-steamer fleet, shouting: “I’ve always made an effort to cooperate with the press but it seems reports have misquoted me. Please have the reporters state the fact.” He seemed to be talking to no reporter in particular. He paused to get his land legs back before waddling to his $20,000, 10-passenger Duesenberg. While five of his chosen female archangels were taking their seats, somebody asked Father Divine what he thought about President Roosevelt and he replied:    “Well, I couldn’t have a better neighbor." One of the angels said “Peace, it's wonderful,” and they rolled away. From other sources it was learned that the excursionists had the “Promised Land” strictly to themselves. Howland Spencer, neighbor and political dissenter of Roosevelt, who sold his ancestial estate Krum Elbow to the negroes but retained living quarters there for himself, was away when the two boatloads of cult members came. All members of the Roosevelt family also were absent from the family estate, directly across the river. In Poughkeepsie, N. Y., Mrs. Franklin D. Roosevelt referred to the excursion in a jocular vein when asked for comment. ‘‘Krum Elbow? Is that the place that was sold across the river?" she asked. “No, I couldn’t see them because I stay in the cottage when my husband is in Washington.” From the Roosevelt's cottage Krum Elbow is not visible. CARROLL SEEKS TO ESTABLISH ALIBI WITH OWN TESTIMONY Daughter-Accuser of Ex-Deputy Not On List of 36 Defense Witnesses Pope Concedes Primary Defeat By Conservative Son of President Taft GOP Victor As Bulkley Foe BOISE, Idaho, Au?. IO.— i (UP)—Sen. James P. Pope, New Deal stalwart, today conceded the democratic senatorial nomination to his conser-v a t i v e opponent, Rep. D. Worth Clark. Pope, author of much of the New Deal farm legislation, and consistent supporter of President Roosevelt's program, made the concession when Clark’s lead approached the 3,500-mark with only a few precincts not tabulated. Until late returns established Clark’s lead definitely, first one then the other of the randidates had held the lead. Returns from 631 of Idaho's 802 precincts gave: Clark 38,776; Pope 35,629. Senator Hattie Pulls Slowly Into Lead By the Associated Press. Roosevelt supporters rolled up a' smashing senatorial primary victory in Ohio today and had triumph within their grasp in Arkansas but, mounting returns from yesterday’s Idaho election showed a third New Deal senator slipping constantly behind in his vote for renomination. The Ohio vote assured democratic renomination of Sen. Robert J. Bulkley who, with 7,789 precincts out of 8,601 reported, had tallied 441,788 votes to 184 434 for former Gov. George White. Bulkley was praised by Roosevelt w?hen the latter visited Marietta early last month on his way west. CARAWAY PULLS UP Ohio republicans, balloting In smaller numbers than the democrats, apparently nominated Robert A. Taft, son of the late president, to run against Bulkley in November. In 8,266 precincts out of 8,601 Taft had 302,633 votes and Arthur H Day, 235.534. In Arkansas Sen. Hattie Caraway, who like Bulkley received public commendation from the president, was slowly pulling ahead of her nearest opponent, Rep. John L. McClellan. Th** count for 1,641 precincts of 2.002 gave Caraway 88,-418 and McClellan 83.712. Because of President Roosevelt’s show of preference for Senators Caraway and Bulkley the administration figured as an issue in their campaigns even though their opponents were by no means antagonistic to the White House. LOSES DESPITE BACKING In Idaho, however, the issue was clearly drawn. Sen. James P. Pope. a IOO per cent Roosevelt man, was opposed in the democratic primary by Rep. D. Worth Clark, who hammered home throughout his campaign that he was not an administration "yes man." In addition to the straight out administration issue, other factors which entered into the Pope vote were his stand on reciprocal trade treaties, for which he was praised recently by Secretary Hull and his lead- See ELECTIONS Page IO. CoL 3 The Weather BIRDS CAPTURED These pictures show Charles.. Bird, 26, and his wife, Barbara, taken after they were captured in Baltimore. Ranked “Public Enemy No. 2” by the FBI, Bird had escaped from jail in Cleveland and from the Missouri state prison. BALTIMORE, Aug. IO.—<(P)— Charles Bird, Midwestern gang member, was ordered held today under $175,000 bond on seven robbery charges and his young wife, Barbara, an expectant mother, under $25,000 bond on one robbery count. Magistrate Elmer H. Miller held hearings for the pair, trapped here after a series of small robberies which, police said, netted only $1,161. Fighting desperately to clear his 19-year-old wife of any connection with the charges which may result in prison terms totaling 140 years for him, Bird suddenly waived preliminary examination when it appeared she was about to collapse. cloudy In O'Daniel Visits Guards' Camp Governor-Designate Of Sooners Joins Him for Preview AUSTIN, August IO.—UP)—W. Lee O'Daniel, who wants to apply the golden rule to government, continued a preview of his future duties today. With Gov. James V. Allred and Leon Phillips, democratic nominee for governor of Oklahoma, O’Daniel, whom Texas democrats overwhelmingly chose as their gubernatorial nominee, left Austin for Camp Bul-lis, near San Antonio, to review maneuvers of the third army. O'Daniel and Phillips will be observing military units of which they will become commanders-in-chief when they assume office, National Guard troops of their respective states. The military mission followed an overnight visit of the governors-designate. who were dinner guests of Governor and Mrs. Allred A good five months before they will move into the Texas White House the O Daniels—Mrs. O'Daniel, City May Lose Idle Paving Job Citizens’ Failure to Apply for Street Improvements May Close WPA Project Two months ago, final approval was stamped by the Works Progress administration on a $264,000 street paving project for the city of Abilene. Up to this morning not a single block had been signed up ready to go. That means the project may have to be closed down, City Engineer R. C. Hoppe said. The only alternative will be for citizens who want to pave the blocks on which they live to get busy immediately. If a particular block Is not included in the project, substitution can be made in a short time, it was pointed out. In fact, the city of Abilene is contemplating doing some substituting, in order that Mocking Bird Lane may be opened up from Seventh street through Fair Park to the Abilene High school stadium. In a special meeting of the city commission this week, Street Commissioner Lucian Webb brought up the subject, and it was Indicated the city will go ahead. Last year, many requests for opening of a street through Fair Park, to relieve congrested traffic around the stadium, were filed with the city. The $264,000 paving project now standing idle was secured, said Hoppe, because of the hundreds of requests from Abilenians to have streets paved. "When the last paving project drew* to a close, there was a great demand for more WPA paving. There is not a street listed on which some property owner had not requested paving. They came in two, three and four a day. “But ifs certain we can't operate the project if property owners are not willing to do their part—we’ll just have to close down,” Hoppe added. To date the project has been employing about IOO men, at the rock crusher, mixing asphalt, etc. The workers must be transferred to some other project unless theres paving to do. An increase in price over the figure in the old project may be the hindrance, said Hoppe. On the other hand, he explained, the type of paving is improved, the project calling for emulsified asphalt instead of cut back asphalt. Cost on a street that Is graveled and curbed is 81.03 per front foot for gutter and asphalt top. That would be $51.50 for a 50-foot lot. Under the project of March 1937, the price was 71 cents, or $35.50 for a 50-foot lot. Since the latest project was approved two months ago, several items on which allowance was made have been cut out by WPA, said Hoppe, but as long as this project stands there will be no increase in price. Asphalt topping is not the only work which may be done. Streets can be graveled for 75 cents per front foot with gutter, for 56 cents per front foot without gutter. Curbing is 25 cents per front foot. Gutterds required with all asphalt topping, but the price of $1.03 per front foot covers both gutter and topping. AGREED REDUCTION OF WATER IN BUCHANAN LAKE BLOCKED Hearing to Resume August 17 Unless Authority, Protestants Get Together AUSTIN, August IO—(UP)—Negotiations for an agreed reduction In the amount of w’ater kept in Buchanan reservoir on the Colorado river were temporarily abandoned today, after a first compromise proposal w’as rejected last night. If an agreement for reduction is not made before August 17, the Texas senate committee will resume its investigAtion here on that day. The hearing then likely will be a short one for Chairman C. S Clark of the state board of water engineers told the committee he could nob possibly make recommendations that early. August 29 was a date formerly agreed upon to meet for engineering reports. The proposed compromise last night called for the dam being kept only two-thirds full until official Protest Ship Attack I LONDON. August IO—TP)—Great .       0.    ucu. aer of    commerce, and Arthur Le-    Britain protested    to insurgent    Spain    uty sheriff, today took the stand and nought through an alibi to prove Tevre    of    Houston.    today against the aerial machine-    hls innocence of the murder of Dr. James G. Littlefield, of which he was of    gunning of the    British ship    Lake    afcu?e3 by,,faul J*; Dw>’er- 19> toe state's star witness who previously r.ncronn 0pleaded guilty and is serving a life sentence for the crime Counsel for Carroll, Clyde R. Chapman, read a list of 36 defense wit- ABILENE and vicinity:    Partly and cooler tonight and Thursday. West Texas; Partly cloudy, cooler north portion tonight and Thursday. East    Tex**: Partly cloudy    tonight and    Molly, Pat and Mike    were there— : Thursday, probably scattered    shower* near    fried    rh(rlt»>n    in tho cna upper    coast and In east-centra) portion.    ©njojeo iriea    cniCKCn    in tne spa- , cooler    in extreme northwest    portion to- ; cious dining    room and informally “‘mzheM tenm“w*"tv^t«dSvThur*Jiy-' "wived the capital press corps, i Lowest temperature this morning 7s The nominee let it be known he temperatures was not doing much about being governor “until I am governor.” He said he had made no decisions Mrs. Mary Whatley Dunbar Palo Pinto is president of the association. SOUTH PARIS. Me., Aug. IO.—(TP)—Francis M. Carroll, former dep- r> Y-\ ar i f f    Att tc/\l t ii .a    n    M    ai    -    J       .    t.    a    ax_____ . •    .... ion the attack was "deliberate.” 108 New Advertisers In this issue are advertising messages from 108 new advertisers that took space in this newspaper in response to solicitations from Reporter-News employes during their “Brown Derby” Contest. Many services and products not advertised regularly in these columns can be found among the new advertisers. May we urge you to carefully read each of the ads and respond to any that offer a product or service you need. Each and every employe of The Reporter-News will appreciate your cooperation. Reporter-News Employes 75 Member! Reds Lead Blues In Brown Derby Reds held a narrow lead over the Blues today in the Brown Derby, murder nesses, but the name of the former deputy's daughter, Barbara. 18. was not included. Dwyer, in his testi-j mony, had asserted Dr. Littlefield’s knowledge of letters in which Barbara accused her father of improper conduct was a motive for the Tufa. Wed. pm 1      94 2      OS 3      97 4      9R 5      97 6      03 7      OI * ...... sr 0      Hi 10      02    R.1    I 11      SI    89 Midnight ...... 79    i Noon ......... 92 Sunrise .......6:00! Sunset ........7 28 6 30 p.m. 6:30 a rn. 12.39 pm. Dry thermometer    02    76    04 Wet thermbmeter    72    68    74 Relative humidity    37    69    36 CLOUOY 79 II for paying the $30 old age pension vs he advocated, or other policies, but I® had received many suggestions. The TS communications are being filed l'x away—to be read later. "I didn’t know until the other day I was to go to Beaumont”— the democratic state convention September 13 — “but I’ll be there,” he said. The party platform will be “left to the folks at Beaumont,’’ O’Daniel said. investigation is complete. A. J. Wlrtz, attorney for the Lower Colorado River Authority, presented the proposal to General Manager Clarence McDonough. It was decided the river board could not safely reduce the head that much and conserve as much water as may be needed. From a usually reliable but unofficial source, it was learned the river management is willing to keep the water level IO feet below the spillway pending completion of the investigation. McDonough appeared before the committee yesterday afternoon. He said he was in Washington during the recent flood but defended the operatic of the dam by R B. Al-sop. who was in charge. McDonough said the complete picture of the flood handling at the dam Jerry Sadler Here Tonight Candidate Comes From Panhandle Dipping Vat 'Purge' Jerry Sadler, who Is In the runoff for state railroad commissioner, will make a campaign speech tonight at 8:30 o'clock at the federal lawn. Earlier in the day Sadler was to talk at Tulia, Plainview Lubbock and Snyder. A cousin. City Commis-could not be given until the curves stoner L. A. Sadler, is in charge of of income and outflow records were local arrangements. completed. Answering questions from records kept in his absence, McDonough said the dam gates first were opened about noon, Friday July 22 and that the water began running over the dam spillway Monday July 25. Gates have to be opened gradually he said in order to let people below the dam realize in advance the river will rise. If the dam had been only half full when the flood from above occurred, McDonough agreed the res- Sadler was given the “Will Rogers purge" upon his arrival in Amarillo last night. A "ducking committee’’ of the Will Rogers pageant to be held August 15-17, greeted him and plunged him in a downtown dipping vat. Coming up with a grin and a sombrero—the latter official insignia— Sadler delivered an address later in which he pledged: “I will keep faith with the people of West Texas, who placed me in the runoff for the office, and I will be fair to all. I ervoir would have been able to will be the railroad commissioner of all Texas and will permit disrrim-inaton against no part of Texas." receive 500,000 acre feet of water before becoming full. If that had been done, he said it would have affected the crest at Austin only wit foot. The flood above the dam, he said, was greater than any previously experienced. McDonough denied that he had I PIEDRAS NEGRAS, Coahuila, ever said Buchanan dam could com- Mexico, August IO—(UP)—Gunfire pletely control floods. He explain- awakened residents of Piedras Neg-ed that the system includes a main ras and Eagle Pass. Tex., across dam at Marshall Ford and a sys- the border, during a brief battle Munitions Seized In Smuggler Raid tem of levees along the lower river. Mayor Tom Miller said Austin was well satisfied with the Colorado River Authority management. W. J. Galbreath, Wharton, recent- early today between Mexican troops and a group of gun smugglers. The fight took place when the soldiers raided a residence where the smuggled arms were stored. ly elected to the legislature, com- Two men were captured, authori-plained that the investigation was ties announced, and two others es-not developing facts the people cfrped. Officers confiscated an as-want to know.    j    sortment of guns and ammunition. the Reporter-News’ ad selling contest for the month of August. The Reds total stands at 6,260 points, while the Blues aggregate is 6,155. Mary Trammell of the Blues Is the individual leader with a grand total of 3.125 points. Chapman, in his opening, said the defense "relies in part on testimony offered by the state. “It is the position of the defense." he declared, "there are not two murderers in South Paris, and that Young Couple Puzzled at Furore’Just Because We Took Little Ride' All of the 75 full-time employes the person who killed Dr. Littlefield of the company are participating in    T....    „ the contest. The side selling the    Littlefield, most “card” advertising during the I Carroll is on trial only for the four weks period will dine at the physician’s murder, but the bodies expense of the losers. In addition, there’s a cash commission to the of both were found in an automobile with Dwyer when he was ar- individual on each dollar s worth of rested in North Arlington, N J las* advertising sold.    ■*    |    autumn. PASADENA, Calif., Aug. IO. (UP) —Rodric Edson and Frances Lee Heck, refreshed by their first good night’s sleep since last Friday, were puzzled today that folks should become excited, “Just because we took a little ride.” The “little ride” consisted of a cross-country trip from Kansas City. Mo, in Edaon’s car, a trip that they decided to make Saturday after the*- started out from Miss Heck’s home to go dancing. Miss Heck still was wearing a pink evening dress when they arrived at the home of Betty Piper, 17. of Pasadena. Edson had been going “steady” with Miss Piper before she left Kansas City four months ago with her parents. Hp became lonesome for ce* or I had the idea first.” Edson said. “At first we mentioned the idea only as a joke and carried it further by stopping at gasoline stations for road maps. Between us, we had $13.50. xxx” At Albuquerque, Edson said, they ■ wired to Mrs. A. D. Coles, Frances’ I and two gallons of gasoline in the car. Mrs. Ross Heck, in Kansas City, said that she would leave soon to bring her daughter back to Kansas City—by train. “I just don’t know what ITI  _____.______ say to Frances,” she    said. “I her. he    said    and    decided    to “drive    aunt in    Pasadena, who    sent    them    guess I’ll just give her    a look.” out and    see    her ’    Miss    Heck, a    $15 to repair    the generator    on the    Edson will return alone    in his car, friend of both Edson and Miss Pip- car.    i    unless he is able to persuade Miss er, ?aid    that    she    w'ent along “just    When    they    reached    the    Piper Piper and her parents    that she for the ride.    home    all    that they had between should return as his bride—an idea “I don’t know whether Fran- I them was a Missouri sales tax token I that he suggested on his arrival. ;

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Publication: Abilene Reporter News

Location: Abilene, Texas

Issue Date: August 10, 1938