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Publication: Abilene Reporter News August 16, 1938

Abilene Reporter News (Newspaper) - August 16, 1938, Abilene, Texas WIST TEXAS') OWN NEWSPAPER®()e iHMenc Sporter —JBtrtoiS“WITHOUT. OR WITH OFFENSE TO FRIENDS OR FOES WE STEICH YOUR WORLD EXACTLY AS IT COES/’-Bvron ★ ★★ EVENING VOL. LYU I, NO. 77. Called Pres. (CP) ABILENE, TEXAS. TUESDAY EVENING, AUGUST 16, 1938—TWELVE PAGES Associated Press (AP) PRICE FIVE CENTS FOLLOWING ESCAPE OF EIGHTPosse Shoots Down Two Escaped Texas Convicts MALE FASHION NOTE: NEW GADGET WH ACKS OFF SHIRT TAIL, MAKES COAT-SHIRT By EDDY GILMORE WASHINGTON. August 16.— (PP)—'This is a little tale about a little tail—the good old-fash- o ioned shirt tail. From the patent office came word today that American inventors have launched another offensive at that inoffensive bit of haberdashery that tucks into the pants. "For a long time,” said a veteran patent examiner,” there hasn’t been a great deal of activity in connection with the shirt tail. Most of the designers have been concentrating on the collar, but now it’s started again.” By that he meant a new gadget that not only has whacked off the shirt tail, but has reduced the shirt to the role of a sartorial stooge. He was right. The newest thing is a combination coat-shirt—a sort of abbreviated shirt and collar that button into the coat. Oh, yes, it works, or a patent wouldn’t have been granted. Time was—from a patent ex aminer’s point of view—when the inventive genius of the entire United Stites appeared to be centered on the shirt tail. In the early 1920’s the authorities predicted the end of the shirt tail when inventors turned out: I. A shirt that buttoned to the trousers’ top and thereby held up the pants, eliminating belts, suspenders and the shirt tail. 2. An elongated garter that fastened high on the shirt, stretched down the trouser legs and anchored on the socks, making the shirt tail a useless appendage. 3. A shirt that turned into underwear when it disappeared below the belt. Surrounded On Farm- SOAP BOX KING TWO KIDNAPERS CAPTURED Lindbergh Law Charges Filed Woodul Cites Qualifications Candidate Recalls Supporting Bills For West Texas On the issue of qualifications for the office, Walter Woodul. speaking on the federal lawn here this morning, said he would rest his candidacy for attorney general. ‘‘This is a lawyer’s office—the highest law office in the state government," Lieutenant Governor Woodul pointed out, "so the one thing the voters should consider, aside from our character and integrity, is the candidates’ fitness by experience and tested ability.” Woodul’s qualifications were attested by Dallas Scarborough of Abilene, who presented him. The speech was broadcast over KP.BC. Tile candidate proclaimed himself a friend of West Texas, and reca’led hLs support of West Texas measures throughout his service as senator and lieutenant governor. "I went down the line for all the measures West Texas and Its leaders felt would benefit this great section—land bills and bills designed to aid and protect the sheep and cattle men." PROUD OF ENDORSEMENT Woodul expressed appreciation for the 340.433 first primary votes. He recalled immediately after the primary he wired Govemor-Nomin-ate w' Lee O’Danlel pledging his full cooperation in putting over his entire program for old age assistance, industralizing Texas and reorganizing the state government for efficiency and economy. "I feel that every Texan should cooperate in this far-reaching program.” he continued. "In carrying it out Governor O’Daniel will need the best legal advice he can get from the attorney general, and he said he asked the people to vote for me because he thought my 20 years’ experience in the practice of iaw and my knowledge of governmental affairs would be most helpful to him. I’m proud of that endorsement.” On the subject of "professional politicians” he pointed out that he had had only part-time offices-elected by overwhelming votes of the people, which paid him less than he would have earned In private practice. “A professional politician Is one who makes his living at politics,” See WOODUL, Pg. 9, Col. 6 TAMMANY LEADER GOES TO COURT James J. Hines (right). Tammany chieftain, flanked by one of his attorneys, Joseph P. Shalleck, enters court in New York to hear a "blue ribbon” jury selected to try him on a charge of participating in a $100,000,000 policy racket. NEW YORK, August 16—(A*)—Working under a speed-up system counsel today hoped to complete by nightfall the selection of a "blue ribbon" jury to try James J. (Jimmy) Hines, dapper 61 year old Tammany district leader, on conspiracy charges in the $100,000,000-a-year policy racket. Supreme Court Justice Ferdinand Pecora adopted the federal method of questioning veniremen in groups of 12 instead of individually. Six jurors and two alternates remained to be selected as Court Clerk Thomas Heenan began a roll call of 150-odd talesmen. Hines, accused by Dist. Atty. Thomas E. Dewey of politically shielding the gigantic “policy empire" operated by the late gang lord, Dutch Schultz, arrived in court in cheerful mood. Wagon Mishap Kills Small Boy Girl Companion Is Injured WheiTTwo Tumble Under Wheels, Scare Horses State Police Hunt Women Tourists AUSTIN, Aug. 16.—(UP)—Charles Clark, who lives In Beaumont, today asked state police here to help search for his wife, Mrs. Opal Clark. 27. Mrs. Dixie Howell, a Miss Brown, a young baby, Dixie Joe, and a nurse, who have been unheard from since Sunday night when Mrs. Clark telephoned him from Kerrville The party left Sunday from Beaumont to go to Tempe, Ariz. Mrs. Clark had promised to telephone her husband at 8:30 every night, so when the call did not come through last night Clark notified police. The Weather ABILENE and vicinity: Cloudy to partly cloudy tonight and Wednesday. West Texas: Partly cloudy tonight and Wednesday East Texas: Cloudy to partly cloudy tonight and Wednesday; probably scattered showers in southeast portion. Highest temperature yesterday ...loo Lowest temperature this morning ..77 TEMPERATURES Mon. Tues. BAIRD, August 16.—tSpl.)—Tragedy cut short the playful romp of a 16-year-old Dallas girl and a two-and-a-half-year-old boy in a haywagon on the Brightwell ranch. 25 miles south of here, shortly after noon today. Marshall Brightwell Newcomb Jr., young son of Mr. and Mrs. M. B. Newcomb of 4444 South street. Dallas, was killed instantly when a wheel of the wagon passed over his neck. Bettie J. Morgan daughter of Mrs. Gladys Morgan of Dallas, suffered two fractures In her left leg, facial bruises and an injured arm. HORSES START RUNNING The two had climbed on the wagon to play while the driver was getting ready for lunch. A standard to the wagon broke, pitching them to the ground between the wagon and the horses. The horses started running and pulled the wagon over both. The accident occurred about 12:30 o’clock. The Dallas families were visiting Mr. and Mrs. W. p. Brightwell at Inee for governor, their ranch home. The mother of the child victim is a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Brightwell. Governor-Elect Defends Picks CLOUDY Dry thermometer Wet thermometer Relative humidity pm. a.m. I ..... 96 SI 2 ..... 98 so 3 ..... IOO 79 4 ..... 99 79 5 ..... 99 78 6 ..... 98 78 7 ..... 95 77 a ..... 87 79 9 ..... SS 80 IO ..... 84 85 ll ..... St 86 Midnight . 82 Noon ... .. • • • . 89 Sunrise .. , ,., .6:04 Sunset .. .7:22 0:30 am. 12:39 pm. 98 78 87 73 72 74 30 76 SS Marines Clash With Japanese SHANGHAI. Aug. 16—(UP) —United States marines armed with machine guns and bayonets drove Japanese troops out of the American sector of the American sector of the International settlement today. A lorry carrying armed Japanese soldiers was forced to turn back after attempting to enter the United States marine sector in the area near the Yuyching and Bubbling Well roads. Diplomatic circles regarded the Japanese attempt as an effort to test the determination of third powers to preserve the neutrality of areas not occupied by the Japanese. FORT WORTH, Aug. 16.- (UP) — W. Lee ODaniel, democratic nomi-promLsed voters they “ain t seen nothing" yet and defended his endorsement of six candidates for state office today in a 15-minute radio "chat" over a Texas network. The broadcast was given, he said, j because his original message was "misquoted and misconstrued." O Daniel previously had criticized unfair freight rates levied in Texas; advocated a Trinity river canal to I provide cheaper transportation; and ! called on Texans to prepare for In- , dustrialization. ODaniel declared in his second 1 "political ” broadcast since his nomination that he had refused to endorse any candidates until requested by "thousands of friends” who I were confused by claims of almost all candidates that they had O’- I Daniels support. "This action by some candidates embarrassed me,” he said. "I had no choice for any of the races, yet my friends were being told that I endorsed certain ones, So I decided to clarify the situation by announcing publicly whom I favored. "Let me point out that my announcement has been misconstrued and misquoted. (Here O’Daniel repeated the portion of his previous speech endorsing the candidates)... Would you rather that I quietly advise in secret places or announce openly in public?” Both Ex-Convicts, One Shot in Back Trying to Escape ST. PAUL, Aug. 16. (AP)— Two ex-convicts were captured last night in Minnesota’s north woods country for the kidnaping of a St. Louis couple and a few hours later Dist. Atty. Victor Anderson filed complaints charging them with kidnaping under the so-called Lindbergh law. One of them was wounded seriously when he attempted to evade arrest. TO DEMAND DEATH District Attorney Anderson said today that, in all probability he would demand the death penalty for the death for Otis James Meridieih and John Couch. Officers said they apparently kidnaped Peggy Gross and Daniel Cox Fahey Jr. In St. Louis early Saturday only for the nae of their car to fie ethe St. Louis area. where* they were “hot." The victims were found near Chaplin, Minn., Saturday night, bound with wire and gagged. Fahey, an architect, told authorities he had been strurk in the face with a gun butt. The law provides the death penalty in cases where victims are harmed. Meridiem was seriously wounded as he attempted to flee when sheriffs and federal men surprised him and Couch at the home of Charles Root, Meridieth’s father-in-law, 45 miles north of Grand Rapids. He was taken to a Grand Rapids jail. District Attorney Anderson said he would demand $100,000 bail for each prisoner when they are brought here for arraignment. VICTIMS IDENTIFY They were identified as the kid- | napers, Robert Hendon, chief of the St. Paul office of the FBI, said, from photographs. Identification was made by Miss Gross and Fahey. Both men readily admitted kidnaping Miss Gross and Fahey. Hendon said. He also asserted they admitted a number of other crimes in the Midwest and Southwest, including the recent gunfight with Texas officers between Dallas and Fort Worth. A federal complaint has been outstanding against the pair, charging transportation of a stolen automobile across state lines, since August 6 last. That complaint was filed at Fort Worth and alleged the auto- I mobile was taken at Greenwood. Mo., and transported to Fort Worth. Miss Gross, 23 year old St. Louis socialite, and Fahey, architect at St. Louis for the National Park service, were kidnaped early Saturday as they sat in a parked car in St. Louis. I They were driven in Fahey’s car to a point near Champlin, j Minn. Their hands and feet bound with wire and their mouths gagged with handkerchiefs, they were tossed into some woods. A passerby discovered and released them about 10:30 p. rn, Saturday. not long after they were left IOO feet off the road. Border Tolk Delayed TOKYO, Aug. 16—(UP)—Charges and counter-charges of violation of a truce on the Siberian frontier have delayed negotiations by Japanese and Russian troop commanders, a foreign office spokesman disclosed today. Unless Gertrude Wins- The winning smile of Bobby Berger, 14, of Omaha, is seen here after he came in first in the annual All-American Soap Box derby in Akron, Ohio. Frame Suspect Story Checked Witnesses Unable To Identify Man As One They Saw PECOS, August 16.—(UP)—Sheriffs officials today checked the statement of J. S. Mays that he was in New Mexico in March and April when Mrs. Weston G. Frome and her daughter, Nancy, were slain on the Texas desert. Mays. 36-year-old traveling salesman who is charged in Gaines county with three counts of criminal assault, claimed he was in Clovis and Portales N. M., selling sewing machines the latter part of March. The Frome women were slain near Van Horn on March 30. UNABLE TO IDENTIFY Three men who believed they saw the Frome murderer failed to make an identification of Mays as the man they saw on the highway talking with the women. State Patrolman D. M. Wells, H. M. Bradford, El Paso oil man, and James Milan, El Paso truck driver 4)11 viewed Mays last night, and announced they could not make a positive identification. "The man still is a definite suspect, however,” Sheriff Louis Roberson of Pecos said. "The three are hazy in their recollection of the Frome killer, and Mays answers the general description.’* Mays was arrested in Plains, Texas, for criminal assault against three Hobbs, N. M.. women. He is charged with using a pistol and knife, with which the young women were jabbed several times to force them to submit to indignities. Mays was held as a Frome suspect because of the brutality of the assaults. Mrs. Frome and Nancy had been tortured. Hughes to Produce Aviation Picture HOLLYWOOD, August 16—(UP) — Howard Hughes , millionaire sportsman who recently circled the globe in less than four days plans I to produce an aviation picture based on the life of Amelia Earheart with Katharine Hepburn, his reported fiancee, in the leading role, Daily Variety said today. * The Film Trade Journal said Hughes would return to picture production after an absent* of six years. Pair Captured Along Trinity, Four in Flight Haskell Robbery Convicts Among Prison Fugitives HUNTSVILLE, August 16— (AP)—Convicts Jack Kinsley and Charles Aaron, two of eight Eastham farm prisoners who stabbed a guard and fled into Trinity river thickets early today, were shot and killed by a posse this afternoon. W. E. Gardner, alleged leader of the break, was recaptured. HUNTSVILLE, Aug. 16. (AP)—Two of the eight convicts who stabbed a guard and fled the Eastham prison farm early today were killed by a posse and two more captured in Trintiy river bottoms near the farm shortly before noon. Dr. C. W. Butler of Crockett, member of the state prison board, said he talked by telephone with one of the officials at Eastham farm, who told him of the slayings and captures. CLOSELY PURSUED He said he had not been able to get the names of the convicts involved. The two were shot in the Trinity river bottoms north of the Eastham farm, Butler said. He said the four remaining at large were on foot In wooded country closely    pursued by a posse. The eight, wending dirks, stabbed Guard John Greer and escaped in the Eastham prison farm No. 2 camp early today. Members of a noe squad marching to work, the    eight prisoners, most of them robbers and burglars, dangerously wounded Greer and fled into nearby fields. The nearest main highway was lo    miles from the scene. POSSE TAKES TRAIL Capt. J. B. Hamilton and other mounted guards    followed blood hounds through the thickets in a search that started a few minutes after the 7:30 a. rn. break. The prisoners included: W. E. Garner, 25, Beaumont, sentenced to IOO years in 1938 for robbery by assault and felony theft from Harris and Walker counties. (Garner shot and critically wounded a state highway patrolman near Bryan several months ago after kidnaping a Houston couple.) John Hendrix Frazier, 21, Dallas, sentenced to 15 years from Dallas and Tarrant counties far robbery in 1937. Charles Aaron, 24, Houston, sentenced to four years from Harris , county in 1938 for felony theft. Leonard Smith, 26. Tyler, sentenced to 22 years from Limestone county in 1935 for burglary and robbery by assault. Raymond Wilkerson, 24, Fort W’orth, sentenced to IO years from Haskell county in 1937 for burglary. Frank Johnson, 23, Texarkana, sentenced to 18 years from Bowie county in 1935 for robbery with firearms. Roy King, 26, sentenced to 20 years from Haskell and Jones counties in 1934 for robbery. Jack Kinsley, 25, Oklahoma City, sentenced to 20 years from Lubbock county in 1933 for robbery by assault. Tough As a Boot/ Officers Recall "Tough as a boot" is the expression with which Haskell county officers recall Roy King, 26-year-old fugitive from the Texas penitentiary. King’s sentences from the two counties total 20 years, including two years for burglary and two years for theft over $20 at Haskell, "King was a New York boy— but he soon became well known to a lot of West Texans,” said a member of the Haskell sheriff’s department today. "He once bragged that he had burglarized more Haskell business houses than any man in Texas.” This is King’s second break from prison, according to Haskell officers. About two weeks ago he was recaptured at Texarxana, said a deputy. Despite Surgery Failures— BRIDE CHEERS BLIND STUDENT —And Pastor May See Wife SAN FRANCISCO, August 16.—-(A*)—A blind youth whom surgery failed to aid materially found new courage today in his battle for sight of the bride he never has seen, while a middle-aged minister. his vision partially retored, longed for the first clear look at his wife and daughter. The blind bridegroom, undaunted by an unsuccessful operation, was John Terry O’Connell, 21, honeymooning today with the former Betty Scotchler, 19 They fell in love three years ago when she was reader for the sightless In a Berkeley school. O’Connell, tall, blond and handsome University of California at Berkeley student, said he hoped that some day he would be able to see his wife. who guided his hand as he slippd a wedding ring on her finger in Berkeley yesterday. He will take further treatments for an eye ailment that has blinded him since childhood. The Rev. U. E. Harding, Nazarene minister of Portland, Ore, was one step closer today to his first clear vision of his wife and 27-year-old daughter, Evelyn. Harding has been blind 43 of his 53 years. Yesterday he left the hospital where on August 3 the clear cornea from an elderly dead woman’s eye replacd the diseased "window" In his own eye in a rare and delicate operation. He already can distinguish objects. A young Sacramento pianist. Arthur Morotn, who received new cornea tissue from the same woman that supplied the Rev Harding Mrs. Margaret Carr, 81 of Berkeley, will leave the hospital today—his vision also partially restored after six years of darkness. CIO ‘Red’ Purge Prediction Made AFL Leader Advises House Probers UAW President to Give Testimony WASHINGTON, August 16.—(UPI—Walter 8. Steele, editor of the magazine National Republic, charged today that un-American forces in the United States are spending more than $10,-000,000 annually to further their objectives. WASHINGTON, August 16 —(A*)—John P. Frey, American Federation of Labor leader, predicted today the CIO soon would purge itself of com-munlstic elements. Frev told the house committee studying un-American activities that the labor organization of John L. Lewis already had started a campaign to rid itself of communist members In four west roast unions and the United Automobile Workers. "I’ve believed,” he said, "that the great majority of members of th# CIO are as much opposed to communists who have obtained positions In their organization as the A. F. of L. "I’ve believed that if sufficient evidence were presented to the membership, the CIO would take upon Itself the task of ridding the organisation of the communists who have gained control.” REFERS TO UAW CHIEF Frey ssid communism had mad! little progress In American labor up to the time Lewis took IO A. F. of L, unions into a new organization three years ago. Earlier in his testimony Frey declared Homer Martin, United automobile Workers president, would tell the committee about communist - caused dissension within that union. On the committee’s witness stand for the third day, Prey, president of the A. F. of L. metal trades department, predicted the auto union chief would appear soon to describe fully the activities of the communist party within the auto workers’ organization. Answering a question, Prey said Druggists Here For Convention Druggists from all sections of West Texas were arriving in Abilene this morning in readiness for the inaugural session of the three-day West Texas Pharmaceutical association convention. Registration began at 2:30 o’clock this afternoon with a total of 500 members and visitors expected by the Abilene Druggist association, most to the group. The druggists were registering in the lobby of the Hilton hotel.    ^e had not conferred with Martin. Tonight at 7:30 o'clock a banquet The UAW Is affiliated with the C. I. will be held with Judge Charles E.1 °- bltter fo« th« A. F. of L. Fumes Choke Speed Driver BONNEVILLE SALT FLATS, Utah, August 16—(UP)—Capt. George E. T. Eyston tried out his world record holding Thunderbolt car today at 270 miles an hour and was nearly asphyxiated when fumes filled the enclosed cockpit. Eyeston said that a respirator which drives fresh air into the cockpit was all that saved him The Jumps were from the motors and the brakes. The cockpit arrangement "certainly will have to be remedied,” Eyston said. The brakes he said, would have not thrown off fumes had they been rubbed down. French Officers View Nazi Planes BERLIN, Aug. 16.—(A*)—General Joseph Vuillemin, chief of staff of the French air force, and five aides arrived here by plane today to inspect airplane factories and airports and talk w*ith German air chiefs. Coombes of Stamford as toastmaster. A dance will follow at 9:30 o’clock in the Hilton hotel ballroom Jack Free and his orchestra will play. Tomorrow the schedule calls for an executive meeing, a welcome address by Mayor W. F Hair, and the j keynote address by Gerald C. Allen.) president of the organization, in the morning. After the noon luncheon three speakers will discuss the fair trade bill in Texas They will be Bryan Bradbury, Joe Hill of Henderson, and J. M Penland, president of the Southwestern Drug corporation. All independent merchants of the city are invited to attend. Thursday a series of business addresses will make up the program. Hold Suspects in Slaying at Paige DALLAS, Aug. 16. (AV-Officers awaited the arrival today of a witness who will attempt to identify two suspects held here in connection with the slaying of Adolph Laake, 27, service station operator at Paige, near Austin, i Detective Inspector Will Fritz said he was Informed by Bastrop I county authorities that the witness saw the killers leave the scene of I the crime early yesterday. The two men were arrested by Fritz and Detective Jack Archer, I one of the suspects saying he had served a year in a Georgia prison and the other that he “owed” Georgia 16 years on a robbery sent-I ence. ABILENE'S DUSKY CITIZENRY MAY EXODUS' TO MOST POPULARIST' CITY By SARAH HELEN PEARCE Hie good name of Abilene’s Little Harlem Is at stake. Not only Little Harlem’s good name, but the reputation of Abilene. The question of the city's popularity rests on a contest that will be culminated Thursday evening in the crowning of either a dusky "Misc Abilene” or an ebony "Mila San An gelo.” Sponsored by the West Texas Progressive association, an organ ization for Christian education in negro Baptist churches, the contest will be held at San Angelo. And proceeds will go toward rebuilding the Mt. Zion negro Baptist church, partially destroyed by last year’s flood. Abilene's ‘‘representer’’ (that’s ho own name for it) is Gertrude Sanford, a tall Intelligent negro woman who Is cook, wash woman ann nurse. Contesting her right to the crowrn and the right of her city to the title "most popularise is one Carrie Gray of San Angelo. This "most popularise contest means more to Gertrude than being able to walk down the aisle of the Mt. Zion Bap tist church in a white satin gown with IO ladies-in-waiting following after her. It means walking    hours    through the August heat, selling her tickets at IO cents a shot. It means engineering Maggie and Jiggs parties and a "Feast in the Wilderness" (you may call it dining ai fresco). And it means    ultimately the money for a place of worship for her neighbors in San Angelo. Religion means a great deal to Gertrude. Far more than the satin gown with the long train. Even though she’s as thrilled as a girl at her first dance over that. Interviewed laat night, th* dusky "Miss Abilene” said she See REPRESENTER,’ Pf. 7, Cot I ;

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Publication: Abilene Reporter News

Location: Abilene, Texas

Issue Date: August 16, 1938