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Publication: Abilene Reporter News August 24, 1938

Abilene Reporter News (Newspaper) - August 24, 1938, Abilene, Texas rn WEST TEXAS*! OWN NEWSPAPER®!)e Abilene Reporter-J^otos“WITHOUT. OR WITH OFFENSE TO FRIENDS OR FOES WE YOUR WORLD EXACTLY AS GOES,"-Biron VOL. LYM I, NO. 85. Balu* Frets (LD ABILENE, TEXAS. WEDNESDAY EVENING, AUGUST 24, 1938—TWELVE PAGES Associated Press (AP) PRICE FIVE CENTS LIKE ADMIRAL AT MANILA— Prosecutor Dewey Conducts His ‘Singing School’ by Speaking Softly and Carrying a Big Stick By HARRY FERGUSON NEW YORK, August 24—(UP)—They say the blood of the admiral of Manila Bay courses in the arteries of Thomas E. Dewey and it must be true, for the district attorney, like the old sea dog of the Spanish-American war, is calm when he opens fire. I went down to the big air-conditioned courtroom where James J. Hines, once so high in the councils of Tammany Hall that he was above and beyond the law, was on trial on charges of conniving in the numbers racket and lining his pockets with the pennies of the poor. I went excepting to see Dewey come like a lion and roar and Hp and bare his fangs. Instead, he purred. He purred, smiled and bowed; he lifted his eyebrows at times but never his voice. Dewey, the dragon slayer, kills ’em with kindness. Forty years ago Admiral George Dewey sailed into Manila Bay against the Spaniards and his voice was as calm as though he were saying "nice he is just another district attorney who bit off more than he could day, isn’t it?’’ when he passed along the words "you mav fire when ready, Gridley " This younger Dewey, distant kinsman of the admiral, speaks the same language. On May I, 1898, Admiral Dewey was at the cross-roads—one signpost pointed to glory, the other tc defeat and on his shoulders as lightly as feathers. disaster. District Attorney Dewey stands there today. Victory may '    He    was    conducting    another    session    of    his    famous    ’singing put him on the road to a governorship and even a presidency. Defeated, |    See    PROSECUTORDEWEY,    Pg.    ll,    Col.    5 chew. So there he stands in the courtroom, a short slender man in a brown suit, with the future and the fates that decide men s lives resting AFTER CORONER'S CHARGES—Two Guards Arrested in Convict Torture Deaths SENDING’ OF SWING KINGS DRAWS 300,000 'JITTERBUGS' AND IT TAKES 650 COPS TO GET 'EM 'IN GROOVE' CHICAGO, Aug. 24. (UP) — Three hundred thousand jitterbugs trucked over to Soldier field last night for the jam-miest session ever jammed and ended up truckin’ unrestrained with every available policeman in the city. For three hours the throng shagged, shouted and whooped to the ‘sending’’ of Tommy Dorsey, Abe Lyman. Earl (Father) Hines and Bob Roberts and their bands, and the blasting and blowing of 50 killer-diller amateur outfits. The show was a mammoth free jam session for devotees of swing under the sponsorship of the Chicago New Century committee and the Chicago Times. For a time it appeared that it would end in a riot. Emergency calls sent to every district police station for aid said it was a riot. But after the police— 650 policemen and 50 detectives —had guided the fans "into the groove” it turned out to be the greatest mass "swing’’ show in history. Otto K. Jelinek, city traffic engineer, said it had attracted 300.000 persons of all ages, races and creeds but that 100,- 000 had been turned away. The remainder jammed the field, normally of 125.000 capacity, and overflowed all entrances In a solid mass of humanity. Ethel Shutta, singing com-medienne, was escorted to the microphone by four volunteer guards, one of them King Lev-insky, the prize-fighter. She sang "Indians and Trees.” “The crowd frightened me at first," she said. "I didn’t know what they might do, they were whooping so. But they were good-natured and Just out for a good time. It was the largest crowd I’ve ever seen.” The swingers, to all appearances a picnic group gone mad, pushed and shoved but none was injured. They did the Shag, Floy-Floy, Slim-Sham, Limping Dog and Susie Q—young and old alike—and danced around and with policemen. "Rug-cutters,’’ thousands of them, "trucked on down" the turf, bumping against huge platforms on whlcl. the name bands and amateurs were "giving out” Jungle rhythms. The bands grew hotter and so did the patrons. Jimmy Dorsey’s saxophone moaned. The crowd swayed, cut loose. Dusky negroes rolled their eyes while a piano trimbled under the rhythmic touch of Father” Hines. Bill Robinson, tap dancer, went through his routine. The patrons got noisier and seized one of the bandstands on which an amateur crew had been playing. Then came the riot call. A semblance of order was restored. 'If Thine Hand or Foot Offend—' WOMAN GOUGES OUT OWN EYE, HACKS OFF A HAND It Was a Swell Yarn— PRESS AGENTS CONFOUNDED —Then It Got Spoiled NEW YORK, August 24—<UP>—Hally Repatsky, 17, one of the "Dead End” kids announced in Hollywood that his missing twin sister had recovered her memory when she saw him on the screen (in his new picture) and relatives here promptly confirmed the story’. But Detetive John Ward of the missing persons bureau—with a fine disregard for the feelings of press agents—said that so far as he knew Hattie Repatsky never had suffered any loss of memory, that she left home In April, 1936, because of family troubles. Like most Hollywood stories "the case of the missing twin sister" unreeled like a movie plot. Two years ago, Hally said, his sister dii-appeared while on the way home from school and desperate efforts to find her had failed. Then came a telegram in which Hattie said she had been sitting in a theater in New York when she recognized Hally as one of the players. At that moment her past all came back to her. She sent a telegram to Hally and told him all about it and the press agents told everyone else about it. In New York a sister. Mrs. Evelyn Marcus, confirmed all the details and said there had been a hysterical reunion But along came Detective Ward. "Its just one of those things," he said. .’She couldn’t be an amnesia victim for two years. When she left Mrs. Marcus's home she took some of her brother-in-lsw's clothes, apparently intending to hitchhike somewheres. But she came back—her sister had gone to the country meanwhile—and changed back to girls's clothes. "After that she worked as a maid In different houses. Oh yes, there’s one more thing. She says she's going to write a book.” Repatsky is known as Chester in the movies. Failure of Electric Eye Robs Eyston of Record BONNEVILLE SALT FLATS, Utah, Aug. 24—Capt. George E. T Eveston pounded his big automobile through the measured mile at 347 455 miles per hour today, the fastest ever attained by man on land. I but failure of an electric eye timing device on the return journey robbed the Englishman of a new record. Eyston drove his seven-ton "Thunderbolt” at lightning dup down the 13-mile salt track and back again for the two runs necesary to , to establish an official mark. The timing apparatus, wh.ch functioned perfectly on the first i run, failed to register on the sec- J-----I ond just as Eyston roared into the measured mile in an effort to better the mark of 311.42 miles per hour he established here last year.; Eyston’s time for the outward mile was 10.37 seconds,    far ahead of his fastest previous single run, 11.33 seconds or 317.74 miles per hour. Officials admitted that Eyston traveled faster on the return trip than on the outward sprint, possibly approaching 355 miles per hour or nearly six miles a minute, but failure of the timing device frustrated j him. "I don’t feel the run was at all in vain,’’ Eyston said. "The new j Thunderbolt ran perfectly. I’ll run 1 again just as soon as the timing eye infixed.” Tile tough-luck Englishman ex- | plained that the bright morning sun caused the electric eye beam to fail. It clicks when the car's shadow passes through the beam. The Weather A BILENK, and vicinity:    Generally    (air tonight and Thursday. West Texas; Generally (air, continued warm tonight and Thursday. Kas^ Texas: Generally (air In interior, partly cloudy near coast tonight and Thursday. Highest temperature yesterday . ... Oft Lowest temperature this morning . .72 TEMPERATURESRackets Helped To Eled Dodge NEW YORK. Aug. 24.— UP) — George Weinberg, 36. an ex-convict, and the state’s star witness thus far in the conspiracy trial of Tammany District Leader James J. Hines, testified today that in October, 1933, Dutch Schultz ordered him to help Hines elect William Copeland Dodge as district attojpey of Manhattan. Dodge, a Tammany man, was elected. He has been accused by Dist. Atty. Thomas E. Dewey of having been "intimidated, influenced or bribed'’ by Hines. "Dutch Schultz told me to help Jimmy Hines with money and to get the policy-game behind him,” Weinberg said. Weinberg testified he met Dodge in the office of Hines' lawyer, Joseph Shalleck, and that after Hines had introduced him to Dodge as one of "Dutch Schultz' boys," he passed $3,000 to Hines as the Schultz mob's contribution to Dodge's campaign fund. Tues. Wed. p rn. a.m. I ..... 75 2 ..... 75 3 ..... . 95 74 4 ..... . 96 75 5 ..... . 95 74 6 ..... 72 7 ..... 72 8 ..... 76 9 ..... 81 IO ..... . 80 88 ll ..... . 78 90 Midnight . 77 Noon .. ... • . 92 Sunrine .6:09 Sunset 7:13 Fair 6:30 p m 6:30 a.m. 12:39 p m Dry thermometer    92    72    #a Wet thermomet»r    70    *4    70 Relative humidity    33    66    32Treasury Official Resigns His Post HYDE PARK, N. Y., Aug. 24 — (UP)— President Roosevelt accepted today the resignation of undersecretary, of the treasury Roswell Magi'll, the man credited with shaping many new deal fiscal and tax policies. Magill’s resignation becomes effective Sept. 15. In his letter to the president, he pointed out that he had agreed to leave his teaching affiliation at Columbia university only until September this year, but would remain "on call" to serve the administration further if the president wished.Doctors Believe Her Life Saved Despite ShockSelf Abuse Orgy Follows Family's Reading of Bible MERCED, Calif., Aug. 24.— (UP) — Physicians apparently had succeeded today in saving the life of Mrs. Ola Irene Harwell, 26, who gouged out her left eye with a pair of scissors and hacked off her right hand with a heavy chopping ax during a family prayer session at the Harwell home last night. After the evening meal Mrs. Harwell and her second husband. Woodrow Harwell, 20. gathered their two .small sons about them in their one-room cabin for the nightly reading of the Bible. DECIDES THEY ‘SINNED’ Mrs. Marshall Read. Her husband and oldest son, IO, interrupted her frequently with an "amen.’’ Mrs. Harwell came to the book of Matthew, Chapter 18, Verses eight and nine "Therefore if thy hand or thy foot offend thee cut them off and cast them from thee; it to better for thee to enter life halt or maimed than having two hands or feet to cast Into everlasting fire. “And if thine eye offend thee pluck it out ahd cast it from thee; it is better for thee to enter into life with one eye rather than having two eyes to be cast into hell fire." Mrs. Harwell looked up from her Bible. Quietly she announced that her right eye and her left hand had “sinned.” She picked up a pair of scissors and left the room. She w’ent into a woodshed. There she gouged at her eye with the scissors, then placed her hand against a slab of concrete and swung three times with the ax. The hand fell to the floor. Then she returned to the house, and, her clothing and body soaked with blood, lay down on the bed. Harwell said she aided him in further praying. When they had finished Harwell sent the oldest of the two boys, who were Mrs. Harwell’s by a previous marriage, to a neighbor's house for help. Harwell told officers he and his wife and the two children had been staying in the cabin since they came to California from Oklahoma four months ago. Police described them as typical of the hundreds of itinerants who have come to California from the dust bowl sections of Oklahoma and Texas. 1 IF HE CAN PARI < CAR WITHOUT TICKET, SO CAN I HIS FIANCEE Judicial history was made in corporation court this morning when Judge E. M. Overshiner set aside a traffic ticket issued by police for parking in a restricted parking zone. Following the regular morning court, a “secret" cession of the city vs. Venice Bell, deputy city tax assessor, was tried. About 25 city hall employes were present. A city traffic patrolman testified that he issued the ticket after seeing the defendant park a car he knew was not her own In the restricted cone. Several highway patrolmen further testified that the car was owned by a certain state patrolman, not at the court session. Judge Overshiner interrupted the testimony to render a decision of not guilty. "I happen to know this young lady,” he said. "I also happen to know that she Is engaged to this patrolman whose car she was driving. If he ran park his car In the restricted zone by right of his official capacity aa an officer, she can too. She has every right he has." "I hand down a verdict of not guilty without further testimony." FORCING SHIP DOWN— Japs Massacre Plane PassengersArrest Man Wanted Here For Swindling Deputy Constable George Bosley and Justice of the Peace Theo Ash left for Lubbock this morning to take custody of a man wanted in Abilene on charge of swindling. Lubbock police apprehended the man early this morning in answer to a "pick-up’’ order broadcast last night. Constable W. T. McQuary said that the man was a transient “with a racket” by w’hich he swindled a few men in the various towns he vatted. He estimated the Abilene takings at about $100. The man left Abilene a week ago, McQuary said, and the constable’s department has been looking for him since that time.O'Daniel Gets 'Kickoff' BidSt. Louis Sales Manager Chosen For Main Speech Selection of William H Bryan, sales manager of the Eureka Vacuum Cleaner company, St. Louis, last night as principal speaker at the "kickoff” program of th* local Salesmen’s Crusade Monday night completed plans of the advisory board for the opening of the movement. The committee also obtained a promise from W. Lee ODaniel, democratic nominee for governor, to attend the speaking if he possibly could. If O’Daniel attends he will bring his Hill Billy band with him. Bryan will deliver the principal address even if O’Daniel attends. START WITH PARADE The "kick off” program will open with a parade beginning at 4:30 o'clock Monday afternoon. Then the speaking, open to the public, will be held at the Ha rd in-Simmons university stadium at 7.30 o’clock. An earlier meeting, for employes only, will be held Friday night at the high school auditorium with W. V. Bailey of Dallas as speaker. Business men of the city will meet Thursday afternoon at 4 o'clock in the city auditorium for a detailed discussion of the crusade by Bedford Brown of Fort Worth. New firms lining up with the crusade yesterday afternoon and this morning were: J. A Leach Red and White grocery; Abilene Builders Supply; J. A. Martin Red Ai White grocery; F. A. Short Furniture company; J. F. Holmes Red Ai White grocery; Long Brothers Food store; Lee Duckworth grocery; Sears Roebuck Ai company; J. M. Radford Wholesale grocers; H. O. Wooten Wholesale grocers; F. W. Woolworth company; Simmons Supply store; Shultz grocery; Dub Wooten Sporting Goods company; Dickenson Motor company; E. W. Curtis, insurance man; Wooten hotel, Hilton hotel, Safeway stores, W. S. Wagley, real estate; Fifth Avenue dress shop, and W, T. Grant company. SPINNY FAILS TO BARK AT MICROPHONE SAN ANTONIO, August 24— < UP)—Spinny the barking spider strolled from her glass cage into a microphone today for her first wary taste of the life of a radio artist. She didn't bark. To pose for newspaper photographers, the now famous spider walked gingerly around the surface of the microphone a few times, spun a tiny web as she went, then ended up on top of the broadcasting gadge* with her two front legs hoisted in the air as though in salute to the radio announcer, w’hose nose was inches away from her. For a time, Spinny displaed her mandibles and looked pleased as she peered into the inner workings of the microphone, through which she is slated to broadcast her message to the world in case she ever decides to bark. It is possible that she considered crawling inside, but a fine screen over the speaking surface forestalled that. Finally, she crawled, without being urged, back into her fruit Jar cage.Eight Arrested In Butcher CaseBrady Livestock Grazing Prohibited BRADY, Aug. 24. (A*)—Sheep and goats, hogs and horses, and mules and jennets will have to find other grazing grounds around camp San Saba precinct next month. Voters decided unanimously In two elections last week to prohibit such livestock from running at large in the district. The votes: 22 to 0; 25 to 0. CLEVELAND. August 24—'UP) —Police today arrested eight men and a woman at a rag and paper ' company where a 56-vear-old junk dealer believes he left a quilt in j which was wrapped the 13th torso I murder victim of "the mad butcher of Kingsbury Run ” The owners of the Scovill Tag and Paper company, William and David Blusinsky, father and son, were taken to the office of Acting Detective Inspector Charles O. Nevel. Nevel said after questioning the Blusinskys and again interviewing the Junk dealer. Elmer Cummings, that "there is no question” about i that the quilt went to the rag company when it left Cummings' '■ hands. The warehouse is in a neighborhood which was a stamping ground for the only two torso victims ever identified—Edward An- i brassy, 28. and Mrs. Florence Saw-dey Polillo, polie said.Engineer Killed SAN ANTONIO, Aug. 24—(UP) — F. O. Phillips, 63, engineer for the Missouri Pacific railroad, was killed today when he slipped from the tender and fell beneath the wheels of a switch engine. The engine and several freight cars passed over his body before the train could be brought to a atop.American Pilot Escapes UnhurtLegislative Council Head in China Fails To Board Transport HONGKONG, Aug 24 — (AP)—The American pilot of a Chinese airliner reported today that Japanese warplanes had forced him to set his plane down near Canton and then machine-gunned it, killing or wounding at least 14 of the 17 persons aboard. H. L. Woods, of Hays, Kans , the pilot, reached Macao unhurt. All others on the plane were Chinese. The forced landing was made on a small river between Canton and Macao, Portuguese colony 50 miles to the south. THREE SURVIVE Woods sent this message to the China National Aviation corporation, owners of the plane: "Landed on river okay. Japanese machine-gunned us, killing or wounding 12 passengers, also co-pllot and steward. Radio Operator Lob, one passenger and myself survived. Other 14 unaccounted for. Ship sunk in river." Other reports said C. N. Lou, the Chinese passenger who reached Macao with Woods, also had a bullet wound and was rushed to a hospital for an operation. Earlier it was reported that some of the passengers had disappeared when they fled for safety rn the fields DR. SUN FO ESCAPES The airliner encountered the Japanese planes southwest of Canton while it was flying from Hongkong to Wuchow, in Kwangsi province, en route to Chungking, present seat of civilian branches of the Chinese government. Officials of the C. N. A. C. said the Japanese probably thought one of the passengers was Dr. Sun Fo. head of the legislative council of China, just returned from Europe, where he tried to enlist Soviet Russian, British and other foreign aid for China's fight against Japan. He had made reservations but cancelled them. A British gunboat and Chinese troops set out from Canton to search for any further survivors of the attack.Joins Prica Cut LONGVIEW, Aug. 24.— (UP)-The Premier Oil Refining company today had joined the group of firms lowering the posted price of crude oil in the East Texas field. Premier posted a new prica of $1.20 a barrel. DUE ACC AWARD J. W. CALHOUN aaaACC Graduation Sets Precedent A new precedent of Abilene Christian college is to be set tomorrow’ night when the college confers honorary Doctor of Literature and Law degrees on two outstanding Texas citizens. Until this year ! on-orary degrees never have been awarded by the college. Receiving the degrees will be J. W. Calhoun-, who since the death of H. Y. Benedict more than a year ■ ago has been acting president of the University of Texas, and Dr. A. B. Cox, director of the bureau of marketing of the University of I Texas and one of the nation’s au-| thorities on cotton marketing. COX’ CLASSMATE Dr. Cox recently returned from Europe* where the U. S. Department of Agriculture sent him to study cotton marketing conditions in England and other European countries, j President Calhoun was a classmate ot the A. C. C. president, James F. Cox at the University of I Texas. President Cox and Dr. A. B. Cox are brothers, i Presentation of the honorary degrees will climax the annual summer graduation exercises at the college when 39 members of the graduating class are to receive degrees. The program Is to start at 8:15 in Sewell auditorium. It will ; be broadcast over Station KRBC. President Calhoun is to deliver the graduation address.Autopsies Show Steam Caused SuffocationsDistrict Attorney Likens to 'Black Hole of Calcutta' PHILADELPHIA, Aug:. 24. —(AP)—Homicide squad policemen today arrested two guards at the Philadelphia county prison, where four hunger striking convicts died in a heated punishment cell. The arrests were ordered by Mayor S. Davis Wilson, who said the guards would be given a hearing later on charges of homicide. CORONER SURPRISED Coroner Charles H. Hersch expressed surprise at the mayor’s action. He had been conducting his own Investigation and said earlier five guards might be arrested before the end of the day. After two investigators attributed the deaths to suffocation and scalding and told of prisoners being driven “stark mad * by steam in an "air-tight cell block,” Warden William B. Mills said: "As far as we ran learn, someone as yet unknown closed the windows in the cell blocks and then turned on the steam radiators.” The victims’ naked bodies wert found in adjoining punishment cella Monday. Mills said the men wert "agitators” among the 600 Inmates originally participating in a revolt against "monotonous’’ food. RADIATORS TURNED ON The coroner said the four, and some ?0 other prisoners, were placed in the cells Sunday night, that windows were closed, and steam was turned on in the radiators by g guard. He said he would continua his investigation until he learned whether the heat was turned on Intentionally, or if It might have been an act of carelessness, and added: "We know the guard who turned on the heat. What we want to establish now to who gave him the order.” Similar versions of how they said the deaths occurred were given by Hersch and Asst. Dist. atty. John A, Boyle, who said that "interrogation of witnesses revealed conditions much more like the black hole in Calcutta in Holmesburg, rather than a modem prison.” DRINK FROM TOILETS Boyle declared that “nobody went near the place (punishment cells) all night." "All night long,” he said, "the prisoners were screaming and yelling to have the steam shut off. "They needed water desperately. There was only one way to get water, and that was from the toilet hoppers. So those who had shirts on tore them off and soaked them in the hopper water, and rubbed the wet shirts on their faces and bodies to keep alive.” Coroner Hersch said th* men "crawled to the toilets and scooped up water to try to drink it, and that made them so sick, they retched.” "The men went stark mad during the night.’’ the assistant district attorney asserted. "They saw the weaker convicts go first. Raving mad for some time, and then dropping to the floor unconscious. And then dying." W ARDEN BLAMES HEAT The coroner said Morns Spa ta and Joseph Forte, two prisoners found in the same cells with the bodies, were seriously ill. Mills said the men "probably died” from excessive heat, but said he "knew nothing at all of what had happened until the bodies were found." "Five guards were responsible for toking food into these men,” he said, "and no one else would have had a chance to go in there. My staff, all know m.v orders pertaining to the treatment of prisoners, and only three weeks ago three guards were suspended for slapping a prisoner in the face.”Actress Injured HOLLYWOOD, Aug. 24— (UP)— Mary Astor, movie star, wa*r confined to her bed today by injuries suffered in a fall from a horse. Sh* was thrown to a cement paddock floor when the horse ran from an automobile. Her back and hip were bruised. a ;

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Publication: Abilene Reporter News

Location: Abilene, Texas

Issue Date: August 24, 1938