Abilene Reporter News (Newspaper) - August 8, 1938, Abilene, Texas
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ABILENE, TEXAS. MONDAY EVENING, AUGUST 8, 1938—TEN PAGES
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LABELLING SOMEONE 'BONEHEAD'—
PRICE FIVE CENTSRetired Dean Claims Colorado Flood Preventable
SAY, 'WRONG WAY' CORRIGAN
, HOW ABOUT I
BAKING TRIP UP NIAGARA FALLS IN A BARREL?
NIAGARA FALLS. N. Y., —(UP)—This city thinks it has a proposition which will interest Douglas (Wrong Wav) Corrigan.
The Liars’ club, inviting him to a luncheon, wired:
“How about going up Niagara Falls in a barrel? Everyone else has gone down.”
BOSTON. August 8— (AP) — His Irish eyes smiling. Douglas Corrigan today dropped in on
the city he visited seven years ago “flat broke”—this time to receive the acclaim of thousands for the courage that took him across the Atlantic on a “wrong way” flight.
He came here aboard a big
airliner, a far cry from the ancient, $900 “crate” in which he winged his way to Ireland.
NEW YORK. August 8—(UP) —The “Corrigan crate” arrived today aboard the S. S. Lehigh.
The nine - year - old plane which carried Douglas Corrigan from New York to Dublin left Ireland before its master but got back home more than three days later. It will be reassembled at Mitchell field.
Corrigan, before leaving Newark for Boston, disclosed that he had turned down a $25,000 from a night club owner for (he old Curtiss-Robin plane which cost him $900.
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C. of C. Employs Henderson Man
Hunter Receives Acceptance Wire Of Merle Gruver
Merlp Gruver, manager of the Henderson. Tex . chamber of commerce, today accepted the managership of the Abilene chamber of commerce.
J. C. Hunter, chamber of commerce president, received Gruver's wire of acceptance this morning. HUNTER PRAISES Agreement between the board of directors and Gruver had been reached here in a series of conferences Friday and Saturday. Gruver delayed formal acceptance until his return to Henderson and a meeting of the chamber of commerce beard there,
Said President Hunter: “Mr. Gruver ie the unanimous choice of the nominating committee and the board of directors. He was not a formal applicant for the place hut we were told about him and received fine recommendations of his work from many plares throughout Texas. He was one of 40 men considered by the committee and the hoard. Among them were a number of good men.” Gruver informed Hunter he would assume his duties here in the first week of September,
FORMERLY AT OLNEY The Henderson man will succeed T. N. Carswell, who resigned recently after 14 years of service. His resignation is effective September I.
Gruver was reelected in March to serve his ninth year as manager of the Henderson chamber. Before going there he was manager of the Olney chamber five years.
He is immediate past president of the Texas Chamber of Commerce Managers association. He has attended 13 consecutive conventions of that organization, two sessions of the National Institute for Commercial Executives at Evanston. 111., and several Southwestern Schools at Dallas.
MINNESOTA NATIVE Gruver is 36 years old. He was born in Brewster. Minn. His family moved to the state of Colorado when he was five years old. He was educated in the Monte Vista. Colo., schools and in the University of Colorado.
He was employed in the public relations department of the Los Angeles Gas and Electric company several years and entered full-time chamber of commerce work at the age of 22.
Mr. and Mrs. Gruver have one child, a daughter, Bitsy, 12. She has been “sweetheart” of the T?xa» Chamber of Commerce Managers association each of those 12 years.
AFTER PATROLMAN SHOT—
Missouri Area Combed for Bandits
Two Believed Hid in Woods After Escape
GOVERNOR AND MRS. 'HAPPY' VOTE
Like Timid Wild Animal—
TOT HIDES FROM RESCUERS
—Then Won't Tell Story
Pair Flee in Car After Shooting It Out With Officer
MINEOLA, Mo, Au*. 8.— (UP)—Every peace officer in Southeast Missouri today joined the state highway patrol in a manhunt for two desperate criminals who shot and wounded Sgt. Frank Hagen of the patrol yesterday in a running gun battle near Florence, Mo.
It was the most intensive search ever conducted in this section of the state.
Tile men were believed to be in hiding in a 25-mile square of wooded country west of the Mississippi river, and officers combed the territory in squad cars, in an airplane and on foot.
One of the hunted men was identified as Dan O. Davis, wanted in connection with a bank holdup in Minden, La., a crime in which Floyd Hamilton and Ted Walters, escaped Texas desperadoes, also may have been involved.
The wounded patrolman identified a picture of Davis in a Terre Haute newspaper found in the car I which the men abandoned after the affray with Hagen He said that it was the same man who was driver of the car. The paper reported that Davis, the suspected Minden bandit. was believed ot be in the Terre Haute area.
WOUNDED IN ARM Hagen said he stopped to question the men in a routine check, because of the Indiana license plates on their car.
Without warning, the driver attempted to draw a weapon and when Hagen reached to disarm him, the second bandit, who had been crouching in the back of the car, fired a revolver hitting Hagen in his left arm and forcing him to release his grip on the driver. The men fled, Hagen exchanging shots with them in a running battle. Early today a filling station attendant at Palmyra, about 50 miles north, reported i«vo men answerinc I the descriptions of the bandits had stopped for gasoline.
ABILENE and vicinity: Generally fair tonight and Tuesday.
West Texas. Generally fair tonight and Tuesday.
East Texas: Generally fair In north,
I partly cloudy In south portion tonight and I Tuesday.
Highest temperature yesterday ... 97; Lowest temperature this morning . .75
TEMPERATURES Sun. Mon.
STURGEON FALLS, Ontario August 8—(UP)—Five-year-old Fernand Tessier. who survived 5 days alone in wild, terrifying brush country populated by wild animals, was a hero today to the whole Nipissing district.
Neighbors came to pat his head and call him a brave and resourceful little man, and to ply him with questions. They found him in bed, against his will, and uncommunicative. His parents assumed that he had eaten berries, the only sustenance that the wilderness provides, and that he was too young to realize the perils he had undergone.
A searching party of farmers who found him late Sunday had to run him down. He ran when he saw them coming and the story learned from his footprints was that several times previously he had hidden in thickets when other searchers passed near him. He whimpered on being ‘‘captured,” but otherwise appeared to be in good spirits and health.
He was found only a hair mile from home, from where he strayed last Wednesday, but he was a wanderer in a jungle that even the native trappers enter timidly—where men have been lost and died, or gone crazy with terror.
Unmindful of this. Fernand went out in search of berries and evidently found a plentiful supply. While he foraged, 400 farmers and trappers searched for him. They had been almost ready to give up when thev found him.
The family doctor treated him for exposure and an inadequate diet.
Posse Scours Trinity Banks
Mrs. Chrysler III
NEW YORK, August 8——Mrs. Walter P. Chrysler, wife of the automobile manufacturer, suffered a cerebral hemorrhage today at her home on Kings Point, near Great Neck, Long Island. Her condition was described as serious by her son, Whiter P. Chrysler. Jr.
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Chapter One A RIVIERA BLONDE
“Archie,” said Hugo Stern suddenly, “a blonde over there has her eve
„ Voigl^Ld/ "Do you mind-” 1 asked Patiently, “being a trifle more explicit? This place is full of blondes.”
"The one I mean is sitting thirty degrees right, at the corner table.
Jon t look round. She may be some old flame you'd rather not re-
lindle, or she may merely have a 1 male, but she’s definitely got her ,
weakness fftr tile Tarzan type of I eye on you, and if you catch it
Siberian Border ‘Purge’ Claimed
Japanese Communique Indicates New Battle Most Serious Along Frontier
By H. O. THOMPSON
TOKYO Aug. 8.—(UP)—A Japanese war office communique said tonight that Soviet commanders were carrying out a “purge” on the Siberian frontier battlefield where Japanese and Russian troops fought hand to hand for four and one-half hours today.
The war office attributed its information to two captured Soviet soldiers. It quoted them as saying that Soviet morale
-— I was low. They said the Soviet
commander of a unit of 20 tanks was executed in the front lines when he attempted to surrender.
Another war office communique fixed Japanese casualties in the Changkufeng area, from the beginning of hostilities until Saturday, at 70 killed anji 180 wounded. Soviet casualties were estimated at 1,500 without classification. RUSSIANS REPULSED It was indicated today's engagement was the most important one in ll days of intermittent fighting on the Manchukuo-Korea*Siberia frontier. Casualties were reported large
The foreign office announcement itself was unusual, and perhaps significant, in that it made no differentiation between the extent of Russian and Japanese casualties. This is a distinct departure from the well-defined custom of emphasizing an enemy's losses and minimiding those of the announcing side.
According to the foreign office spokesman, the Russians attacked at 2 a.rn. today in the Changkufeng sector and advanced to within 200 yards of Japanese lines.
Then the Japanese troops went over the top and, meeting the Russians in the no man s land between the lines, fought them hand to hand with bayonet and hand grenade, it was said.
Coincident with this serious announcement, there was another as serious on the diplomatic aspect of the frontier dispute—an admission by the foreign office, in a public summary, that Russia had rejected Japanese proposals for ceisa-tion of fighting.
The foreign office denied reports from Moscow that the Russians had recaptured Changkufeng, from which the Japanese had claimed to have ousted them.
Soviet Threatens Drastic Action
By United Press Soviet Russia threatened today to abandon diplomatic fencing and resort to drastic artillery and aerial warfare to settle her Siberian frontier quarrel with Japan.
A four-hour battle in the Changkufeng sector and another fruitless diplomatic exchange in Moscow shoved the Far Eastern border conflict to a new crisis after ll days of .sporadic but often severe fighting Foreign’ Commissar Maxim Litvin-off told the Japanese that hereafter the red army will strike with full power at any Invader.
York Reports On Convention
More than 300 members of the County Judges and Commissioners association of Texas attended a called session Friday and Saturday in Fort Worth.
If the aims which that group sought are accomplished shortly, Taylor county's new tax rate for the year may not have to be hiked to 65 cents after all.
County Judge Lee R York and Commissioners Luther Webb and Luther McMillon attended the meeting.
York explained today hat the primary purpose was to explain the survey underway in Texas by which it has been hoped that road district bonds can be refinanced at a lower rate of interest. A New York firm had been hired to do the work, said York, and rumors of various torts had stirred up officia’s of many counties. One aim of the meeting was to explain iii'' survey, which had been authorized by the state legislature and finance \ bv the state highway depar rnent. SURPLUS FUNDS
The other purpose of the convention: There is a surplus of $5,000,000 built up in the county and road district debt assumption fund of Texas, and the amount continues to grow. Tile attorney general has ruled that this can be distributed among the various counties, but on what basis has not been determined. At the Fort Worth convention, recommendations were outlined, and the importance of action s ressed Some counties are not setting tax rates yet, in hope that the funo will
See COUNTY JUDGE, Pg. 9, Col. 6
Officers Discount Belief of Hunters One Is Hamilton
FORT WORTH, Aug. 8 —
(UP) — Officers searched the Trinity river bottoms in east Fort Worth todav for two men and two girls who abandoned a bullet - riddled automobile Sunday when it became mired.
The men, police believed, were those wanted for a highway robbery in Kennett, Mo. The automobile figured in a running gun battle Saturday night between Dallas and Fort Worth HUNTERS FIND CAR The police were outdistanced, but blood-stains found on the front seat of the fugitives’ car indicated one man was wounded.
Two Fort Worth men. M. C. Smith and H. R. Carlock, ikme upon the stalled automobile Sunday while they were hunting squirrels.
Carlock went to call police, while Smith remained to watch. The two couples appeared while Carlock was gone, and Smith departed when he was threatened with a gun. BELIEVED MISSOURIANS Smith later identified pictures of Floyd Hamilton and Huron (Ted* Walters, notorious fugitives from ! Montague county jail, as likenesses of the two men
Police doubted that the men were Hamilton and Walters, however, since evidence left in the abandoned automobile indicated that the men were those wanted in Missouri.
The automobile bore license plates stolen in Missouri, and under one seat were the plates that were on the car when it was stolen.
Crusade’s Fate Decision Due
With fate of a Salesman's Crusade at stake, businessmen of Abilene will gather in a mass meeting at the "tty hall auditorium tomor-j row morning at IO o’clock.
I Heads Df local businesses will be ■ given their last chance to sponsor the business stimulating organization that has been adopted by 703 cities of the nation in the last 67 days.
G. W. Waldrop, chairman of a temporary committee to investigate the movement, will explain in detail the working of the crusade. Cost of the crusade will be cited, as will the exact procedure to be followed in organization.
Following explanation of the move, the floor will be open for informal discussion and those present may ask any questions.
If response is favorable to ro-ganization, a committee will be appointed to draw up plans.
Lindys in England
LYMPHNE, England, Aug. 8.— (TP)—Col. Charles A. Lindbergh and Mrs. Lindbergh landed at Lymphne airport today on a flight from Le Bourget airport. Paris. It was understood he would ha\e certain repairs and alterations on the plane made.
Governor and Mrs. A. B. • Happy) Chandler went to their home town of Versailles, Ky., to vote in the d<-mocrauc senatorial primary in which * * *
Chandler opposed Sen. Alben W. Barkley. "Down the hatch,” said the governor as he dropped his ballot.
CHANDLER CONCEDES KENTUCKY PRIMARY VICTORY TO BARKLEY
Threefold Triumph in Primaries of Tuesday Next Objective of FD's Men
FRANKFORT. Ky., August 8—(AP)—Gov. A. B. Chandler today conceded the senatorial nomination to Sen. Alben W. Barkey.
In a congratulatory telegram to Barkley, the governor said:
“I have no excuses, alibis or regrets.”
Chandler promised Barkley his "active” support in the November general election.
LOUISVILLE. Ky., August 8— (AP) —Kentucky resumed rounting ballots in Saturday’s primary today with senate majority Leader Alben Barkley holding a decisive lead over Gov. A. B. (Happy) Chandler for renomination.
Returns from 3.338 of the state s 4.313 precincts gave 225.045 votes for Barkley and 186,780 for Chandler, Barkley’s majority being 38,265. ,-——
Five democratic and one republican representatives were leading in their races. Three others, all democrats, were without opposition.
On the basis of returns. Barkley will be opposed for election in November by John P. Haswcii, Hardinsburg attorney, who apparently won the republican nomination. WASHINGTON. August 8-iJ’ — The indicated Kentucky victory of Senate Leader Alben W Barkley increased the hopes of administration lieutenants today for a threefold triumph in tomorrow's senatorial primaries.
Democratic senators Robert Bulkley of Ohio, Hattie Carraway of Arkansas, and James P. Pope of Idaho Witt be up for renomination as loyal Roosevelt backers.
Senator Popes lace against Representative D Worth Clark, however, may bring the only clearcut test of administration policies Fope, who helped write the crop control act, has not opposed any Roosevelt measures, while Clark as a self-styled conservative voted against the government reorganiza-1 lion bill and \arious other White House proposals.
In Arkansas. Representative John McClellan told a rally yesterday! that he is as loyal to the president I as is Mrs. Caraway, whom he is opposing. The only woman senator, completing her seventh year
Bogus Money Charges Filed
Horace A. Alexander of Sweetwater was in Taylor county jail today on a charge of possession and selling counterfeit half dollars.
He was arrested by federal and Sweetwater city officers Saturday and was arraigned before U. S. Commissioner Ida M. James later in the day. Bond was set at $1,000.
Two other men suspected of having a part in the counterfeiting ring also were arrested and jailed in Sweetwater. No charges have been filed in their cases.
A woman, arrested with the two men, was released after investigation.
Mann for Pensions
See rOLITICS, Pg. 9, Col. 6
EL CAMPO, Aug. 8.—(UP)—Old people in Texas deserve “an adequate pension.'' Gerald C. Mann, I candidate for attorney general asserted in a camapign speech today. "I have favored pensions from the first,” he said. "I maintain that we must reduce the cost of government in order to pay our citizens i in their old age and infirmity.”
Taylor Warns Of Repetitions Until Lake Dry
Choose Between 'Farmer in Valley/ Power, He Advises
AUSTIN, Aug. 8.—(AP)— The recent devastating Colorado river flood could have been avoided if the Buchanan dam flood gates had been opened 48 hours earlier, in the opinion of T. U. Taylor, retired dean of engineering at the University of Texas.
The veteran educator, appearing at a prelimineray assembly of the senate investigating committee, said he had been asked by three farmers whose crops had been destroyed to represent them before the group. SOMEONE ‘BONEHEAD’
“Until Buchanan lake Is kept empty, there will be repetition of these floods.” Taylor said.
“To afford flood protection a dam must have its gates open and its lake full of air. As a reservoir for power production, it must be full of water. The two functions are absolutely antagonistic.”
The silver - haired dean said,
In his opinion, a choice must be made between “the fanner in the valley or the money dividend in the hills.”
“This disaster indicates.” he asserted, “that someone in the Colorado river authority should be elected to a life membership in the ‘Bonehead club’.”
HEARING RECESSED Taylor said also the silt-accumu-lation factor, which he claimed rendered a dam-lake useless after a number of years, had been totally ignored in the construction of Buchanan and Inks dams and reservoirs.
The dame were the first ones completed in a series of proposed flood prevention and electric power production units along the unruly Colorado river.
Shortly after Taylor’s statement, the committee, under the chairmanship of Sen. T. J. Holbrook of Galveston, recessed to confer with officials of the state board of water engineers and the state reclamation bureau. Holbrook announced they would reconvene later in the day to determine whether a formal investigation into the operations and policies of the Lower Colorado River authority would be undertaken.
Committee Members Holbrook, WU bourne Collie of Eastland and Albert Stone of Brenham, the directors of the river authority, a number of farmers and others wero present. Senators Rlidolf Weinert of Seguin and Joe Hill of Henderson, other members were absent.
Former Gov. Dan Moody was
See FLOOD PROBE. Pg. 9, Col. 5.
'Brown Derby' Ad Contest Spirited
The Reporter-News’ 75 employes got the “Brown Derby” off to a spirited beginning Saturday and Monday with sharp competition between the “Reds” and “Blues” in the sale of advertising in the newspaper.
All employes from the publisher to the youngest cub reporter and the printers’ “devil” are on one side or the other. The contest will continue four weeks, starting in yesterday's paper. The side selling most “card" advertising will get a feed, probably a barbecue picnic, at the expense of the losers. Also, each person will receive a cash commission for every dollar of adve’‘tiung sold.
This contest is based entirely on sale of advertising up to limited space per day that must run in all issues for not less than a week. In other words. such an “ad”—sold at a special “flat rate” runs in not less than 12 editions. These include all morning and evening editions for seven days.
The field is open. Each person may call on any firm or individual in Abilene or anywhere else. No one has a special list of prospects.
FATHER DIVINE'S ANGELS’ SAIL HUDSON TO 'PROMISED LAND'
she’ll take It as an invitation.” “Not when she gets a clear sight of my lace,” I retorted, and I turned, ignoring his protest, balancing my gin fizz precariously on the arm of my chair and surveying the landscape. It was even as I had
See Page 5, Col 3.
NEW YORK, August 8.-<UP» —Two boat loads of Father Divines cult followers sailed hilariously up the Hudson today for their newest “heaven.” Krum Elbow, across the river from President Roosevelt's estate.
Both boats were provisioned with ice err am, soda water and watermelons. Father Divine rode on the City of New York, flagship * of the fleet. All three decks
were erowded with his “an-
The trip was described as a two-day excursion to the "Promised Land ” It had been widely advertised in Harlem. The boats will return tomorrow’ night after the cult has inspected the 500-acre estate it acquired from Howland Spencer, boyhood friend and political enemy of Roosevelt. It was the ancestral Spencer family estate, deep in a quiet, dignified Hudson river section where some of the na
tion's oldest families settled centuries ago.
The cult members, mostly women and predominantly negroes, began assembling at the pier long before dawn in a state of high enthusiasm. The cry “Peace, brother.” or “Peace, sister.” greeted each arrival.
The second boat was the Manhattan. During the night, crew’s of men carried vast stores of food aboard. There was general chuckling when the watermelons
The crowd waited patiently and good-naturedly, and five policemen stationed there to preserve order had no work. Shortly after 6 a. rn. Father Divine arrived in his luxurious limousine. As he stepped to the pier, dressed in a suit of delicate gray, there was pandemonium. The orchestra began to play, his followers shrieked, clapped their hands and scrambled to touch him, yelling “Peace, father.”