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Abilene Reporter-News, The (Newspaper) - August 15, 1938, Abilene, Texas Crazed' 'Cop-Hater's' Murderous Foray Provides Puzzle in Psychiatry for New York Police NEW YORK, Aug. delved into ob- phases of simple psychiatry today attempting to de- termine what started Charles San Filippo on the "cop- liating" career that ended in his death as the climax of a two-gun attack on 250 policemen at a Central Park Me- morial service. Thousands of horrified Sabbath strollers ihe mad- man, about 40, precipitate a brief pitched battle in which five of them wounded. "I was going: to try to kill as many cops as I he muttered as 2re lay dying at least 2Q police bullet wounds in the head. He came upon the outdoor memorial almost unnoticed yesterday afternoon, packing a rifle and a shotgun, and wearing crude, bullet-proof breast-plates. A speaker had finished his eulogy aner a reading of the roll of the dead, answered by "absent" as each name was called; a light flickered our, roo? ihe narue of each dead policeman. from s. double-barrel shotgim. shat- tered the solemnity and in a wink most of the 250 po- licemen drew service revolvers and poured valleys at the retreating figure, who was firing the rifle as he ran. San Filippo slumped to the ground and gasped his dying hatred of cops, a hatred evidenced in two traffic summonses found in his possession, and in clippings at the family apartment in the Brotis. Some of the clippings told of tii; exploits of a 4iphan- iom of tiie Bronx' who killed two patrolmen anci has rireci on others in recent months. Others detailed the deaths of other policemen. Pencil marks encircled the officers' names and de- rogatory remarks about them were written in the margins. At his home police learned, too. that the dead mad- man's father died of a stroke late Saturdav. Abilene Reporter WITHOUT. OR WITH OFFENSE TO FRtf.'XD? OR FOES WE-SKETCH 1'OL'R EXACTLY AS iT VOL LVI11, NO. 76. United Preas ABILENE, TEXAS. MONDAY EVENING, AUGUST 15, PAGES Frew PRICE FIVE CENTS AS PROSECUTION NOT HINDU BRIDE Tammanyite Branded Lottery 'Front' MEET THE PRINCIPALS IN NEW YORK'S BIG RACKET TRIAL HE ACCUSES. 3y AP Feature Service Racket-buster Thomas E- Dewey, crusading district attor- ney of New York, cracked down on the policy racket by indict- ing nine men. Dewey, Republi- can; was elected in 1937 on a "reionn" ticket, is being men- tioned for governor. MR BINES OF A LINK TO___ Big shot of the nine is James J. Ernes, powerful Tammany chieftain, who is accused of providing political protection and acting as "front man" for the racket. Kines rose from a black- smith's anvil to district leader and the inner circle of the Wig- wam. LATE DUTCH SCHULTZ DAVIS WHO SAID 'GUILTY' AFTER VISIT TO HOPE DARE The policy racket used to be run by gang chief Arthur Fie- genheimer alias Dutch Schultz alias the Dutchman, who was killed by gangster bullets in 1935. Prohibition made him a big shot; after repeal he organ- ized New York's policy ring. Schultz's mouthpiece was J. Richard Davis alias Dixie Da- vis, a debarred lawyer charged by D3wey with having taken ov- er the lucrative policy game, with others. Davis was arrested in Philadelphia last winter; with him was show girl Hope Dare. First intimation that Davis had turned state's evidence came when he was discovered visiting his girl friend, Hope Dare, in her New York apartment, pre- sumably with Dewey's knowl- edge. Court orders had permit- ted frim to visit his doctor. HEARING AFL WITNESS- 'Red' Probers Told to Look Closer Home Frey Accuses Federal Units COWS MAY REPLACE SHEEP AS PRODUCERS OF 'WOOL' Hollywood Stars May Be Quizzed By Investigators WASHINGTON, Aug. P. Frey, Ameri- can Federation of Labor lead- er, bluntly suggested today to a house committee investigat- ing- un-American activities that it direct some of its attention to the federal government de- partments. .Frey said that suggestion when Representative Mason a member of the committee, com- mented on a meeting in Washing- ton tonight as being sponsored by government officials "most of whom have admitted they are members of the League for Peace and Democracv." BLAMES STRIKE This jeague, Mason told reporters later, is active now in collecting funds for the loyalist cause in Spain. Mason did not name any of the sponsoring officials but when Frey suggested investi- gation of government depart- menst, the Illinois member re- plied: "That has already been done and some of these department officials have admitted they are members of the league." Earlier, Prey testified that a for- mer communist party organizer had been in charge of the recent May- tag strike at Newton. Iowa. The strike, conducted by a CIO electrical union, precipitated a con- troversy between Gov. Nelson G. Kraschel and the labor relations board. DOCUMENTS OFFERED Frey told the house committee Investigating unAmerican activities that the strike originally had been directed by William Sentner, whom he described as a former district organizer for the communist party. Sentner subsequently was re- placed by "another James Lustig, Frey said. Submitting documentary evi- dence to support charges he made last week that commun- ism pervades the CIO, Frey read into the record a letter from Anthony C. Uccello who resigned as president of a CIO local union at New Britain, Conn., asserting the CIO "has on its payroll Soviet agents hired to betray American la- boring men and women." The possibility arose that the jommittee might question motion picture stars about charges that Hollywood celebrities have financ- ed communist organizations. Chairman Dies (D-Tex) of the louse committee investigating un- American activities said today a tub-committee and possibly the en- ire committee would go to the rest coast before January 1 for icarings. WASHINGTON. August Department of agricul- ture scientists predicted today that cows may replace sheep as the principal producers of "woolen" cloth. Two scientists of the bureau of dairy industry, Stephen P. Gould and Earl O. Whit tier, have announced perfection of a process by which cloth can be made from skim They have applied for a pub- lic service patent. The process, the scientists said, will make it possible to produce a suit which has the wearing- quality and appear- ance of wool from about frs-e gallons of milk. The estimated cost would be much less than wooL OUGHT TO BE CAT'S MEOW FOR ST. LOUIS, August A 13-inch cat not the soft, purring kind that frolics after mice, but a fuH gray metal tabby of reputed vin- created a furore in St. Louis. Neither the authenticity nor the artistic merits of the cat are at the price tag which nas stirred up the rumpus among unionists, "reliefers." women's clubs, the city administration and the art museum. Many have attacked the mu- seum's purchase of the Egyp- tian figure, said to date back to the fifth century. B. C., "when the city's relief needs are in desperate plight." Striking union building work- ers, who have picketed the city hall here for several weeks, changed their signs recently to read: lor a useless bronze for labor." Murder Charge Filed at Breck Frome Death FORMER O'DANIEL SUPPORTERS Suspect Held LAUNCH OPPOSITION CAMPAIGN Lubbock Salesman Charged in Attack Cases at Hobbs Longvicw Movement to Draft Hunter After Endorsement of Terrell EL PASO. August i of a 35-vear-old uatent medicine _ i salesman in suddenly ioca! attorney. spurred Texas authorities today in DALLAS, August to W. Lee O'Daniel's en- dorsement of six candidates for, state office was planned here today. Arrangements for radio talks against the governor-elect's surprise lion were to be started today at a meeting in the office of Howard tion of the six-months-old Frome j j murder cases. "Texas Ranger Frank Mills left i today for Seminole, Texas, j where the suspect was in custody, j to question him concerning the des- ert slayings of last April 3 of Mrs. i Weston G. Frome and her daughter, Nancy, of Berkley. Calif. i TAKEN TO PEC OS The suspect, whose residence was j given as Lubbock, was arrested in i Plains. Texas. Friday night after j three Hobbs' N, M., night club en- tertaJners had been criminally as- j saulted. Charges were filed against; him after he made a written admis- i sion when confronted by the giris. i according to Sheriff W. Kerley of i Lea county, N. M. Sheriff John Sartin of Seminole i Dailey said that 24 former O'Daniel candidate not ;d by O'Daniel being a preliminary meeting with him Sunday. The attorney said he and his cohorts considered the men endorsed by O'Daniel "professional politic- ians" and that it was planned to arrange a series of five-minute ra- dio talks from leading cities of the state featuring prominent citizens who oppose O'Daniel's endorse- ments. LOXGVIEW, August Tom Hunter for governor" movement to oppose W, Lee O'Daniel that started here Saturday folded up today. Leaders of the movement said that in view of Hunter's declaration for C. V. Terrell that the movement would be dropped and some "more eligi- ble standard bearer Boosters Seek New Members Swinging into the last week of its first annual membership drive, the Booster club was host today at a j Hotel Wooten luncheon to more than 80 members, new members and j visitors. j A roster of 300 members is the i goal set by the club in the drive I and E. G. Woods, club secretary. took the suspect to Pecos, Tex., to- FORT WORTH, August j expressed hope todav that the total day where he was to be "viewed by W. Lee O'Daniel, democratic noni- would be reached. 'The total now persons who reported seeing a mys- i trious man trailing the automobile Sin which Mrs. Frome and her inee I'or governor, said today hs was stands between 235 and 250 mem- arranging three radio addresses bers. he said. this week, the first at p. m. BRECKENRIDGE, August 13 charge of murder was filed here today against Andrew Funderburk, 42, as an aftermath of the fatal shooting of Loyd Ram- bo, 28, at a beer garden two miles north of town Sunday afternoon. Funderburk was quoted as saying in a verbal statement to District Attorney Ben Dean that he and Rambo quarreled while Rambo was sitting at the counter. Funderburk, who managed the place, was behind the counter. Funderburk stated that after abusive language Rambo came over the counter and that he shot him while Rambo was on top of him. Four bullets took effect, two in the body and two in the arms, one arm being broken. Funeral rites for Rambo were to be held this afternoon at 4 o'clock. Besides his widow, Rambo is sur- vived by his mother, Mrs. George Rambo, and a sister, Mrs. Elsie Al- len, both of Breckenridge. 1 daughter were traveling east from El Paso. Their mutilated bodies were found nude on the West Texas des- j ert near Van Horn, 135 miles east of El Paso. Ranger Mills said he expect- ed to have some important evi- dence in the case by tonight. Mills said the assault on the Hobbs night club girls was among the most brutal he had investigated as a peace officer. They had been beaten and stab- bed, although not critically. The ranger questioned the suspect in Hobbs Friday, and with Sheriff Kerley searched his rooms in Lub- bock Saturday. The suspect was described as weighing 180 pounds and with a scar on his left cheek. tomorroTv-. Quality Net- tat work.) Others will be made and Saturday. Bryan Bradbury, state represen- tive, was principal speaker for the i day. He cited the values of increased Thursday; membership and urged the group The govemor-nomi- forward. nate did not say what the subject of his talks would be. "You cannot stand status quo in he said, "without may not be planning to do one or the other. Hunt Texan's Slayer PAIGE, August police and local officers were block- ing highways in this vicinity today after Adolph Laake. 27-year-old filling station operator was found shot to death early this morning in the place where h? works. Po- lice believe the shooting occurred about a.m. Although he has said he was not losing ground, x x x Abilene and. its contemplating endorsements of ad- i territory has many resources and ditional candidates in the run-off, i industries that need developing and and planned no further action in encouraging. Manpower is the only favor of the six already endorsed, tool you need and voung manpower there was speculation whether he is the greatest tool" of energy there is." "Keep pushing forward. Carry Abilene upward and onward to the position in Texas where she be- longs." The invocation was given by Ed Slaughter and Billie Ruth Garrett, MIDLAND, Milton several songs. Short talks were tice of the Peace J. H. Knowles said j made by Ewell Jones and Jack today that a recheck of evidence i mons. caused him to change his verdict in the death of A. E. (Bud) Taylor. 26 former Texas Christian univer- Dewey Claims Mob's Profits Up in Millions James J. Hines Gains Severance, Faces Trial Alone NEW YORK, Aug. (AP) District Attorney Thomas E. Dewey plunged in- to the most spectacular fight of his -war on rackets today with the assertion that from 1S31 to 1937 more than a mil- lion persons in greater New York were exploited for to a year by a vast lottery combine. He said the state would try to show that James J. Hines, Tain- many Hall district leader, supplied legal protection for that gang. His assertions were made in remarks to talesmen called for the selection of a jury to hear the trial of Hines on charges of conspiring with Schultz and his henchmen. CASES SEVERED Dewey summarized the one con- spiracy and 12 felony charges against Hines and said the pros- ecution hoped to present testimony of .about 55 witnesses in one week. At the outset of the trial today the easel of Martin Weintraub, "mouthpiece" for small-fry policy operators jointly indicted with Hin- es, was severed from that of the Tammany leader, leaving the main figure to face trial alone. Hines and Weintraub were the only defendants when the case was called in supreme court today. Eight -were named In the indictments charging that from 1931 to 1937 Hines accepted from S500 to a week to bribe, coerce and in- timidate judges and political leaders and thus keep Arthur (Dutch Schultz) Flegenheimer and his henchmen beyond the reach of the law while they operated the vast lottery. Three of them pleaded guilty, among them J. Richard (Dixie) Davis, cagey young lawyer who guided Schultz through the maze of threatening legalities. Those three will testify for the state in an attempt to alleviate their own punishment. OTHERS ALL A. W. O. L. All the others named in the in- dictments are dead or alive even their former closest associates do not profess to know. The trial to be the most sensational one involving a major Tammany figure since Boss William Tweed was sent to jail in in the same court room in which Dewey convicted Charles (Lucky) Luciano, impris- oned vice lord, and restaurant rack- eteer. Hines said "this is a purely political battle and I'm going to fight through to the end. cannot be convicted on the testimony of a bunch of squealers. I have assured my friends of my innocence. Tve told them not to worry, because Tm not worrying.'" Bombings Protested LONDON. August The British protest against Italian in- tervention In Spain called specific attention to reports that airplanes from Italian air bases bomb- ing Spanish loyalist cities, it was learned today. The Weather ABILENE viclnitv: Partly tonlsht ar.d Tuesday. West Teas: MosUy fair tonigh: and Midland Verdict Withdrawn j Eos- "Texas- Partly cloudy and Tuesday probably showers ia cortfc- j east an'-l in extreme east portions. Highest temperature yesterday 96 Lowest temperature this ...S sity football player who died from a bullet wound Friday. Knowles said he was convinced after rechecking the evidence that Taylor's death was accidental in- stead of suicide as he first be- lieved. income Tax Warning WASHINGTON, Aug. Chairman Pat Harrison of the sen- ate finance committee warned to- day that congress will have to con- sider broadening the income tax base unless business conditions im- prove by the first of the year. Declaring that her participa- tion in a Hindu wedding cere- mony in Punjab, India, was "mere social Mrs. Lemma Holmes-Smith, above, denied a charge of bigamy, brought by her ex-husband, Carl Fleischmarm Holmes, in New York supreme court. Be- fore Mrs. Holmes-Smith mar- ried him she was a child bride in a Holy Land harem, and la- ter wife of a British tobacco magnate. She now seeks a trust fund set up by Holmes before their divorce. He charges her Indian marri- age undissolved, invalidat- ing her claim. Druggists Open Parley Tuesday Fair Trade Bill Talks Scheduled By Legislators West Texas Pharmaceutical asso- ciation members will convene here tomorrow at the Hilton hotel for a three-day business and entertain- ment session. Approximately 500 druggists and drug store workers are expected to be present. Highlight of the convention will be Wednesday afternoon, with all independent merchants of the ter- ritory are invited to join the drug- gists in discussion of the fair trade bill in Texas. Bryan Bradbury, state representative, of Abilene, and Joe Henderson, state senator, of Hen- derson will explain the bill from a legislative standpoint. J. M. Penland. president of the South-western Drug corporation, will present the views of druggists and all other independent merchants. Registration will begin Tuesday afternoon at o'clock. A ban- quet and dance will be given that night in honor of the visitors. Wednesday morning there will be the opening business meeting, an executive committee and a drug clinic. The fair trade discus- sion is slated for the afternoon and that night there will be. another dance and banquet. Addresses from drug company executives are scheduled for Thurs- day morning. Following reports of the committees and installation of officers, the convention will close at noon. Europe Jittery As Peace Crisis Draws Nearer Speed Essential, England Stalling Fuehrer Hitler By JOE .ALEX MORRIS United Press Staff Correspondent Europe today entered perhaps the most difficult phase of a long struggle to stabilize peace. The prospect was not so much, for an immediate or spectacular military stroke designed to break up the tangled diplomatic lines as for a prolonged period of high ten- sort of running war over the CzechoslovaMan minority issue. HITLER STALLED Paramount cause of tension as well as one of the chief hopes of avoiding an early military crisis lay in the fact that the key to the future is relations between Great Britain and nazi Germany. The nazi march to the east, in which domination of the Czechs is the next necessary step, has been delayed chiefly because of Britain's opposition. Nazi Chancellor Adolf Hitler is determined to make every ef- fort to carry out his expansion program, if possible, without war and without incurring the enmity of London. British Prime Minister Netflle Cham- berlain, concentrating first on preventing war, harbors a deep fear of communism; wants im- proved relations with Germany. procedure has been to delay a showdown on the Czech, .crisis. Speed is essential to Hit- ler; every day of delay increases the difficulties and dangers of a nazi blow at the Czechs. Current developments indicate that these contrary forces are now coming to grips; that probably the next month, will produce a turning point. NEXT FEW WEEKS CRISIS In the European gallery of ru- mor, today was to have been the date for a nazi move against the Czechs it was long since ob- vious that such whispered advance information was part of the dan- gerous game of threats and coun- ter-threats that keeps the contin- ent's troubles bubbling. But for Czechoslovakia the next few weeks will be even more difficult; may indicate whether Prague's stern attitude j toward nazi demands can pre- j vent dissolution or domination See WAR FEARS, 9, CoL 7 Stamford Officer And Family Hurt STAMFORD. J. L. Johnson of Stamford police j force is in a Kenedy hospital j conscious from injuries received in an automobile accident Saturday i afternoon when his car was struck near there by automobile driven j by a drunken Mexican. His injuries are a broken jawj i lung and head injuries. Chief George Floumoy was advised here i yesterday that Johnson's condition i would show no change for three j days. I One of Johnsons sons also re- mained unconscious with head in- juries; and a secona son had a j broken nose. Mrs Johnson was i shaken up and bruised. The fam- ily was returning to Stafford af- j ter a week's visit with a daughter iat Corpus NOTED WRITER HUNTS WORLD OVER FOR STORIES OF SUPERSTITIONS CLOUDY Dry thermometer 93 thermometer 72 Relative humidity 31 97 By NEA Service NEW YORK. August men hunt lions. Some hunt but- terflies. 3en Lucien Burman hunts superstitions. hunts them up and down the" mountains of Tennessee and Kentucky, in the coves and bayous of the Mississippi, down ir. the teeming river settlements out in the shanty-boats of the riverfolk. nas occasion, to do it. Sometimes he aims noodoo cocror. But he shares his will-o-the-wispc sets them down on paper. Not as dusty-dry tomes, but as fascinating stones _ and books, such as his recent "Blow for a Landing." He has one of the largest collections of untamed, aboriginal, rarin'-to-go superstitions in the world. He's very proud of it. too. He is the author of and of "Steamboat 'Round the Bend." This became a best seller, and the movie version was Will Rogers' last picture. Ben is a. thin-voiced, lark gentle little man, a bom raconteur One after another come the intriguing stories he has the bell egg in the alligator's nest which rings like a clock when a riverman tries to rob the nest: about the friendly porpoises in the Gulf who blow in the bodies of drowned people so their relatives can find them; about the snake-doctor who can call snakes so a person can know which one bit him; about the thousand and one things the simple people have told Ben. But Ben can laugh at himself, too. "I'm he says. "We all are. One of my favorite superstitions is ths one where I see a street clock when Tm wishing for something. If I reach the clock before the hands reach the hour I'll get my wish, whatever it is. "I once told that superstition to a Harvard anthropologist. He was amazed because he had that superstition, too" Read his stories on strange superstitions starting on 3 of Reporter-News today.
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