Abilene Reporter News, August 12, 1938 : Front Page

Publication: Abilene Reporter News August 12, 1938

Abilene Reporter News (Newspaper) - August 12, 1938, Abilene, Texas ©)c Abilene Reporter —“WITHOUT. OR WITH OFFENSE TO FRIENDS OR FOES WE SKETCH YOUR WORLD EXACTLY AS IT GOES,"-Byron VOL. LYM, NO. 74 Vatted Presa (UP) ABILENE, TEXAS. FRIDAY EVENING, AUGUST 12, 1938—FOURTEEN PAGES Associated Press (AP* PRICE FIVE CENTS Witness Says Bund 'Got' Job Of Ambassador He Tells Probers Nazis Trying to Build Spy Ring WASHINGTON, Aug. 12.— (AP)—The house committee investigating Unamerican activities heard testimony today that Hans Luther, long-time German ambassador here, last his job because he did not cooperate fully with the German-American bund, a nazi organization. John C. Metcalfe. German-born committee investigator, said he was told this by Fritz Kuhn, bund leader who accepted Metcalfe into membership and hired him for a speaking tour. During this tour particularly in Las Angeles, Metcalfe said, local bund members complained of lack of full cooperation with German consuls, particularly in obtaining storm trooper uniforms Kuhn flew into a rage when this was reported back to him, Metcalfe recounted, and declared: “Whats the matter with them? I’ve removed Hans Luther. I have secret relations with Germany whereby I can get anything I want These consuls will be removed and well get the kind of consuls there we want.” Dr. Hans Dieckhoff is the present ambassador from Germany. “At least 90 per cent of the Ger-man-American element in the United States is absolutely opposed to the activities of the German-Amer-ican bund and everything it stands for,” Metcalf told the committee. THREEFOLD AIM He estimated, however, there were 80 posts or German-American bunds scattered over the country, having a direct membership of 25,000 and an indirect strength of 500,000 persons. About IOO OOO attended bund meetings regularly and openly, the investigator added. Metcalfe tested that headquarters for the silver shirts was at Asheville, N. C., where a weekly publication, "The Silverator,” was published. The investigator said copies of this could be obtained by writing to Germany. Metcalfe said the real purpose of the nazi movement In the United States was three-fold: 1. To establish a vast spy network. 2. To form a powerful sabotage machine. 3. To develop the present bund group into an organizaton encompassing as many Ger-man-.Americans as possible. The bund, he said, is always keeping in mind the possibility of war and what it could do to help Germany in such an event. “It must be borne in mind that in 1916, prior to the entrance of the United States into the World war. Germany had practically no espionage organization or sabotage machine in this country, It is to avoid a duplication of this mistake that the bund has become active,” Metcalfe said. “One of the principal means of bringing this about has been the establishment by the nazis in Stuttgart, Germany, of the Auslands bureau, which is the foreign institute Sec SPY PROBE, Pg. 13, Col. 8 War Jitters Hit Market Traders NEW YORK. Aug. 12. UP)—1The stock market suffered an attack of war "nerves” today but late buying stimulants were administered and early losses running to more than three points were reduced. As in the preceding session, brokers said, traders ran to cover on the fear of a military outbreak at the Czechoslovak border over the weekend. Renewal of tile "shivers,” it was believed, may have been caused by the tradition that wars in Europe are likely to start in August after grain harvests are in. SAVED BY OFFICERS’ PLEAS, YOUNG HOUSTON FATHER IS GLAD HE DIDN'T TAKE SUICIDAL 32 - STORY LEAP HOUSTON, August 12.—(UP) —.Tames Wells, 23 - year - old father of two infants, had help today in his efforts to find employment after threatening for a time yesterday to leap 31 .floors to his death from the Gulf building while thousands looked on. Wells was in a hysterical c o n d it ion when officers reached him sitting on a ledge more than 300 feet above the street level in the business section of the city. He had decided on death because he could not support his family. In the city-county hospital were Wells’ young wife and new-born son. Wells kept telling Police Lieut. L. D. Morrison and Patrolman O. C. Friday that there was nothing to live for. "I’ve walked my shoe soles off trying to find work,” he ■aid. “I can't find a job to support my wife and babies. My wife is In the hospital now. My baby was bom Tuesday. Pm going to jump.” Talking calmly but swiftly, Morrison begged Wells to climb back to safety—told him police would help him find a job. “There Isn’t any use,” Wells told him. “I'm going to jump.” Morrison promised that he wouldn’t be arrested if he would climb back through an unbarred window’. Then he begged Wells to think of his wife and Infant sons. “Come on In and we will take you to the hospital to see your wife and baby.” After further pleading apparently calmed him a bit. Wells climbed off the ledge. Morrison and the other officers helped him back to safety. A slip would have meant instant death. , Officers took Wells immediately to visit his wife. Wells was with her for an hour. When he emerged, he was smiling. “I’m glad I didn't jump,” he said. “But I’ve got to have a job. I was in a daze when I climbed ou t on that ledge.” Wells said he had walked the streets for days trying unsuccessfully to find work. He brooded over the fact that he couldn't support his family. And when he had to take his wife to the hospital and she had been too ill to see him, he became hysterical. Wells said he rode an elevator to the 32d floor of the building. He climbed through a window and down the stone work to the ledge on the 31st floor. He sat down or a stone block. An office worker noticed him sitting there and called police. Within a few moments, streets below were jammed with traffic and thousands of spectators. Special details of police went to the scene, but failed to unsnarl the jam until Wells climbed off his perch. WITH CHOICE OF FAVORITES— The Weather O’Daniel Startles Campaigners in Runoff ABILENE «n<1 vicinity: Partly cloudy to Unsettled tonight and Saiurday warmer Saturday West Texas: Partly cloudy tonight and Saturday, probably local thundershowers In southwest portion; warmer In north portion Saturday. East Texas: Partly cloudy to unsettled tonight and Saturday; warmer in northwest portion Saturday. RAINFALL: 24 hrs ending 6:30    a.    rn Erl.    .04    Inch Since first of year    ...........26.22    Inches for same period last    year    ...    8.96    inches Normal since first    of    year.    ... 15,82    tnchea Highest temperature yesterday ....92 Lowest temperature this morning. 72 TEMPERATURES DEVILISH DUKE SLINGERS IN STATE BOXING TOURNEY Lon McMillin. Haskell’s Golden Gloves champion, is shown above, left just before the “kill” in his fight last night with Doyle Berry of Ballinger. The fight lasted only 30 seconds. Note the bewildered expression on Berry’s face. He had just taken a stunning blow from Lon’s powerful right mitt. Bob Weaver, Kermit flyweight, pictured above left, shoots s left to the jaw of Kid Lencho, San Antonio Mexican. The terrific sock sends Lencho to the floor for a count and paves the way for Weaver’s decision. (Photos by Frank Myers Jr.) AS WAR YEAR OLD— Jap Airmen Bomb Heart of China Shanghai Held CLOUDY 6:30 p.m. ,6:30 a.m. 12:39 p m. Dry thermometer    79    72    91 Wet thermometer    74    71    75 Relative humidity    79    ss    47 In Terror Grip Oil Tanks Blazing In Industrial Area Around Hankow SHANGHAI, August 12—(AP) —A Japanese naval communique tonight announced more than IOO Japanese warplanes had carried out a spectacularly successful raid on the Hankow headquarters of Generalissimo Chiang-Kai-Shek. The announcement declared the raid was “IOO per cent effective” in attacking military establishments and railways at Hankow and Wuchang as well as the generalissimo’s headquarters. Japanese estimated 500 casualties resulted. (By Associated Press) Darin? Japanese air attacks caused heavy damage and casualties today in two areas deep in the heart of China. Terrorism gripped Shanghai, Japanese and Russian armies observed an armed truce on the Siberian-Manc.hukuoan frontier and insurgents hammered government positions in western Spain. OIL TANKS FIRED Oil tanks believed lo belong to the Standard Oil company of New York, Texaco or Shell Oil companies were set afire in the teeming industrial tri-city section around Hankow, China's provisional capital, by Japanese air raids. The bombings, called more destructive than any before in that area, struck properties on the outskirts of Hankow IOO times. In the furry of the attacks ownership of the tanks coult not be established immediately. Heavy casualties were feared. Chinese said 50 Japanese bombers at noon dropped 200 missiles on Mu-chang, aeross the Yangtze river from Hankow. They said light bombers dived through curtains of Chinese anti-aircraft fire to within 1,000 feet of the ground to score accurately on the Wuchang terminal of the Hankow-Canton railroad, packed with freight cars and surrounded by warehouses. AIR RAIDS WIDENED In Kwangsi province, further south, Japanese warplanes heavily bombed Wuchow, a river port 120 miles west of Canton, continuing to fulfill Tuesday’s threat of IO consecutive days of attacks. Kwangsi, rich In minerals and forests, had been virtually untouched by air attacks before. The forays today, in which See BOMBING Sr Pf. IS, Col. 4 New Radio Lights Enable Pilot to See Way Through Fog, Make Blind Landing Safely By HOWARD W. BLAKESLEE   Associated Press Science Editor LAFAYETTE, Ind., August 12.—</P>—Radio lights, a new method of seeing through miles of the thickest fog or clouds, were announced today at Purdue university. The lights are planned to enable a pilot to “see” the runway of a field miles away, and to land on that strip no matter how completely the ground is obscured. They are under development for aeronautics by R. H. George and H. J. Helm, of the engineering experiment station. The lights are short-wave transmitters The plan is to set a row of them along each side of a runway Each is a miniature radio station, sending out a signal along a path toward the Incoming plane. In the airplane is a receiver able to determine the direction from which these radio waves are coming. Special equipment converts the signals into spots of light tm a round glass screen on the instrument board. This screen is much like a television screen. Upon it the distant, little radio sending stations appear in the same relative positions as if they were lights on the landing field. Two Armies Sparring For Mock War Edge By OLEN W. CLEMENTS CAMP BULLIS. August 12.—t^P)—War clouds gathered over the southwestern “front” today. Two crack armies, the defending “Blues” and the attacking “Browns.” which will meet In sham combat beginning Sunday, moved cautiously toward their concentration points, 50 miles apart, shortly after dawn. Cavalry units of both armies deployed in the rough hill country, ostensibly hunting forage and scouting the battle area, but actually, ob- _ servers said, keeping a wary eye for what movements of the enemy they ; luni^ stand *8^302 Hickorv can pick up.    I    . Two bivouac areas, near Boerne, Tex., and Elmendore. Tex., held the entire Second division from Fort Sam Houston and presaged the nearness of ’ battle” between the Brown and Blue forces in the Third army war games for which 26.000 regular army and National Guard troops have been preparing for a week, i-- Local Building Hits Fast Pace Seven Permits Total $20,900 Past Two Days Construction in Abilene took a surge upward yesterday with the issuing of $20,900 in building permits from the city engineer's office. John Blocker of Lubbock and Dr. J. M. Alexander of Abilene we»e granted a permit for $5,750 to remodel a business house in block 200, Pine street. The space will be madt into a motion picture theater. The city of Abilene took out a $8,000 permit to begin work on the livestock expasition building at the I fairgrounds. Walls will be of brick and roof of shingle. . Labor con-1 tract is in hands of National Youth administration. Endorsements Set Political Circles Abuzz Observers View Record Second Primary Ballot FORT WORTH, Au*. 12.— (AP)—W. Lee O’Daniel had Texas political circles buzzing again today with his unprecedented action in stepping into six second primary races with flat endorsements. Over the radio last night O’Daniel announced his support of Walter Woodul for attorney general, C. V Terrell for railroad commissioner. Coke Stevenson for lieutenant-governor, Bascom Giles for land commissioner, Judge Richard Critz for the supreme court and Judge Harry Graves for the court of criminal appeals. RECORD VOTE EXPECTED Political observers saw in O’Dan-! lei s move the dashing of predictions of a light vote in the second primary. The first, in which O’Danlel wa* nominated for governor, drew more than 1,000,000 ballots. Candidates endorsed by OT)anlel; expressed their delight; those who I did not receive his favored nod aith-1 er remained silent., questioned the ' gubernatorial nominee's judgment or expressed resentment.    I O’Daniel described his action as his Tlrst important move.” “There will be much criticism but you wanted a business administration. and this is the way we do things in business,” he said. He said It was his belie! Judge Critz and Judge Graves had served w’ell and "our state will be better served by re-electing them.” Of the other four he said “I am convinced that their experience and knowledge will be helpful In carrying out the program you wanted carried out.” “I AM NOT POLITICIAN” O’Daniel declared each of the six had promised his unqualified co-operation in putting into effect "the things for which I stand and for which you voted." He told reporters the move “may not be good politics but it s good business, and I am not a politician.” “I have looked at It from the standpoint of managing a business concern.” he said. "If I were employed as manager of a business concern I would pick men who I thought would work with me for the good of the company. The gubernatorial nominee said that in making his choice he FDR ENDORSES CAMP FOR SENATE President Roosevelt is shown seated with Lawrence Camp (right) at the luncheon in Warm Springs, Ga , where he * * * spoke in favor of Camps candidacy for the U. S. senate against Sen. Walter F. George. FOLLOWING VIGOROUS ATTACK ON GEORGE, FDR BACK HOME 'I Wont You to Know That I Accept The Challenge/ Says Senator's Reply WASHINGTON, August 12.—(Ab—President Roosevelt arrived In Washington today at the end of a five-week politico-pleasure trip after telling Georgia citizens in emphatic tones how he would like for them to vote in the democratic senatorial primary. Roosevelt, in an address so vigorous that it surprised many of his listeners, said that if he could vote in Georga he certainly would support Lawrence S. Camp, U. S. district attorney in Atlanta. In his Barnesville speech the president said that incumbent Senator George could not measure up to standards of liberalism and that Tal-madge’s election would "contribute little to practical government.” George, who sat on the speakers’ platform with Camp. Gov. E. D. Rivers and Sen. Richard B. Russell Jr., looked intently at the crL.vd throughout the chief executive’! Abilenians Go To Press Meet A permit for $4,000 was issued Abilene Christian college for re-1 casting no reflection on the other At least six Abilenians will be in Seymour this afternoon for the opening session of two-day West Texas Press association convention. Scheduled for a spot on the program is Herschel Schooley, of the Hardin - Simmons departmen of journalism. Others attending from here are D. A. Bandeen, Clark Coursey. J. C Watson. Max Bentley and Wen-was ; dell Bedichek. modeling of a college building into • candidates and said he bore them a work shop. H. L. Rice is the con- no ill-will, tractor. Sam Cox. Jr., was issued a $95 permit to alter a frame residence at 2157 North Third. Mack Eplen took out a $300 permit to alter a a The bivouac areas today held mostly regular army troops. National Guardsmen, many of whom spent last night in the hills on maneuvers pointing them for battle, will begin to desert Camp Bullis tomorrow for their battle stations. Maj. Gen. Claude V. Burkhead, commanding the Blue defending forces, moved his troops northwest of San Antonio near Boerne. There the defending units theoretically must begin maneuvers designed to halt an attack of the southwestern section of the United States by a Brown army that Is moving in after landing at Galveston and Corpus Christi on the Texas coast. The invaders, under command of Maj. Gen. Frank W. Rowell, regular army commander of the second division, is composed of the 45th division, Oklahoma National Guard. All during the night heavy artillery, manned by National Guard men ducked through the underbrush firing blank cartridges at positions held by opposing troops. Lumbering motor columns towing 75 millimeter and 155 millimeter guns, crawled through dust clouds and took firing positions among the hills and valleys west of Camp Bulbs. The artillery will go into action Immediately after midnight Saturday lf present battle plans are carried out. Keen rivalry today sprang up between Texas, Oklahoma, New Mex- i leo and Arizona National Guards- I men and the regular army troops scheduled to participate in the man- i euvers. Both camps were determined to emerge victorious. Yesterday’s maneuvers were mar- ; red by one casualty. Corporal Josiah Andrews 32, of Salt River, Arizona, was crushed to death when he fell beneath the wheels of a big gqn. A permit for $2,700 for the election of a new frame residence in block one. Clinton street, was granted H. L. Skinner. L. Hammau took out a $150 permit to alter a frame residence in block 68, North Sixth. Building valuations total for the month now stands at $36,850. The yearly total is $653,189. BROOKS AROUSED "I am thinking only in terms of what I think will be best for the citizens of this great state of Texas,” he added. "I am expressing only my personal choice and this does not in any way prevent the voters of Texas from voting for whomsoever they choose. But I feel that I See ODANIEL, Pg. 13. Col. 7 Program includes talks by Vernon Y. Sanford, secretary-/anager of the Oklahoma Press association; Mrs. Walter Ferguson. Tulsa newspaper columnist; Mayor R. E. Baskin of Seymour, and Barney Hubbs of Pecos. Early registrations indicated a total attendance of 150 persons. Ship in Distress MANILA, Auf. 12. (UP) — Globe wireless announced tonight the British warship Cumberland reported the steamer Haikong flashed an SOS at 10:30 p. rn. (Manila time) saying she had been grounded off Tungchow by a “severe typhoon.” Urges Better Cotton GREENVILLE, Aug. 12.—(TP)— Congressman Sam Rayburn told the annual Farmers day program at the United States seed breeding station here yesterday that farmers must plant a better variety of cotton if they would compete in world markets. President Neglects REA Speech Duty BARNESVILLE, Ga , Aug. 12—/p. —President Roasevelt overlooked one allotted chore at the Barnesville REA project exercises. By his side as he spoke yesterday was an open switch which he was to throw to send electric current coursing through 144 miles of wire and light an REA sign on the field But his closing theme was centered on politics. The switch was still open when he turned away. Five minutes later Project Manager Walter Andrews flicked the switch, and there was light. Miners Refused Frontier Permits METZ, France, Aug. 12. (&•—German authorities today withdrew permits for German miners to cross the French-German frontier daily to work in French mines. The order puts an end to daily contact between French and German workmen at a time when Germany is pushing work on fortification of her side of the frontier. Ex-Champ Dies DAVENPORT, la., Aug 12. (UP) —Thomas (Doc) Chandler. 84, first American to claim the world’s middleweight boxing championship, died at his home last night. He had been ill from bronchitis since March. Meat Ordinance Before City Dads An ordinance to require inspection of ail meats offered for sale as food in Abilene, and. in effect, requiring that all butchering be done at the municipal abattoir was coming up for second and final reading before the city commission this afternoon. The ordinance sets up the requirements ta be met for a structure to be used as an abattoir, and to date the municipal abattoir is the only slaughter house of that type here. In fact, the regulations for an abattoir, the aim being complete sanitation, are so rigid in the ordinance that the city even did some checking up on its own slaughter house. The statute also sets up the office of municipal meat inspector. It will be his job to inspect all animals before slaughter and all meats afterward. talk. When it was over, he arose shook hands with Roosevelt and told him: “Mr. President, I regret that you have taken this occasion to question my democracy and to attack my public record. I want you to know that I accept the challenge.” The president’s response, as re* layed by George to reporters, was: “God bless you, Walter. Let’s always be friends.” The crow'd was one of the mosl demonstrative the president had on his entire journey. Early in the talk, there were cries of "Hurray for George,” intermixed with cheers when the president criticized the incumbent senator. Toward the end, there was frequent applause and cheering. “I’m hearing you,” yelled many listeners. The president, speaking on a shaded, flag <jraPed rostrum erected on a football field, at times had difficulty in finishing his sentences before he was interrupted by applause. 'We've Just Begun To Fight/ He says i ATLANTA, Ga., Aug. 12. iA*)— Sen. Walter F. George, renounced by President Roosevelt as a “dyed-in-the-wool” conservative, based renomination campaign plans today on the declaration "we have just begun to fight." "The democratic party is not a one-man party,” he asserted, "but a party for the great rank and file of American men and women ?/ho love justice, liberty, equal rights tor all and special privileges for none.” "I am confident,” he said, "that the Georgia people are ready to fight this thing through to a finish and prove that we in Georgia arc capable and determined to run our own affairs.” Actress to Wed LONDON. Aug. 12.—(£*)—Notico that Sylvia Sidney, Hollywood screen star, will wed Luther Adler, New York actor, was filed today at the London register office. Rousing Gross Transaction Tax Rumor— REACTIONS TO GOVERNOR-ELEC T S MOVE RAGE IN AUSTIN By HOWARD C. MARSHALL AUSTIN. August 12—(ZP)—Action of W. Lee O’Daniel, the diynocratio gubernatorial nominee, in endorsing six candidates for important state offices left the capital gasping in astonishment today. The general reaction seemed to be amazement that he had "done H again,” had smattered precedent in the face of all political experience, and that none accurately could predict the final outcome. Few persons would comment for publication, but the comment privately was buzzing everywhere. Generally, It ranged from the opln- See REACTIONS, Pf. 13, Col. I ;

Share Page

Publication: Abilene Reporter News

Location: Abilene, Texas

Issue Date: August 12, 1938