Abilene Reporter News (Newspaper) - August 14, 1938, Abilene, Texas
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O DANIELS'BLESSINGS' PRAISED, DENOUNCED
If reactions in Abilene are a fair sample, W. Lee O’Daniel’s mail box is taking a cramming.
Quite a few of the folks here are writing him their approval or disapproval of his recent political venture. Many others are writing this newspaper, so that the public in general may learn of their reactions.
A. C. Scott, Abilene oil man, asked O’Daniel, in an open letter, to solve for him a dilemma created by the governor-nominate's new stand.
“xxx We are having a hot run-off here in Taylor county for the office of justice of the peace, precinct I, place I,” the letter reads. “One candidate is a young law student, the other an older practitioner
xxx. The older man has been in politics before.
“If I bide by your pre-campaign doctrine. I would vote for the non-political candidate. If I abide by your post-campaign advice, which is necessarily implied from the list you endorsed, I should vote for the old time politician.
‘As one enfranchised citizen to a non-franchised citizen, what would you do, my dear Governor-Elect, if you were in my place?”
A more serious letter was written to the Reporter-News from Jim Morrow, Anson.
“I would like to ask the public a few questions,”
See O’DANIEL, Pg. 16, Col. S
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Fugitives Hard Pressed
Pair Escapes In Gun Battle
Reporter-News Salutes City's Three Colleges In Special Section Today
Hamilton, Walters Fleeing Before Hounds, Posse
DEQUEEN. Ark , Aug. 13 —(A’i— Two gunmen, one of whom was identified as Floyd Hamilton, southwestern desperado, were believed hiding tonight in a densely wooded mountain area along the Arkansa-Oklahoma border 12 miles north of here.
Hamilton and his companion, believed to be Ted Walters, another outlaw, fled Into the woods on foot this afternoon after exchanging shots with Assistant Supt. Cliff Atkinson of the Arkansas state police and Deputy Sheriff Leslie Dilla-hunty of DeQueen.
Atkinson and DlUahunty ambushed the fugitives at Ladd’s bridge and forced them to abandon a stolen car under a hail of machine gun fire. The car was riddle with bullets but there was no evidence to Indicate, that either of its occupants had been wounded.
In the car were found two sawed-off shotguns, a rifle and an automatic pistol with about 3ft rounds rf ammunition. Officers expressed belief the men were not now heavily armed. Bloodhounds brought here from Ashdown by Sheriff Jim Sanderson j were unable to pick up the trail, i Sheriffs officers from Daingerfield. I Tex., brought a pack of hounds herr for the hunt but officers decided not to release them on the hunt until daylight.
Nearly two score officers from Arkansas. Oklahoma and Texas were engaged in combing the woods and patrolling all highways tonight.
The car from which the fugitives fled had been stolen after the gun battle yesterday at Wilton. It was I riddled by the state police officers' bullets.
Hamiltnn and Walters have led officers of a half-dc I en states a merry chase since they escaped from a Texas jail early this summer. They are wanted In Arkansas for the robbery of the bank of Bradley, Ark.
Glenn Garrison state revenue inspector at Dcqueen. said officers there received a tip this morning that Hamilton and Walters were sleeping on the bank of a creek near King.
The officers posted themselves abc lit what is known locally as Ladd's bridge. A car drove onto the bridge. Atkinson said he recognized Hamilton and opened fire with a machine gun. The two men in the car stopped their machine, returned the fire and then jumped out, leaped over the bridge railing into shallow water and ran into the woods.
In a special section of today’s issue, the Reporter-News pays its annual tribute to the three colleges which have played such major roles in the development—both physically and culturally—of Abilene.
Contained In this section are two score stories which will intimately acquaint you with these institutions of higher learning—their plans for the future, their contributions to Abilene’s business, professional and educational life, what their graduates are doing, preparations for the opening of the new sessions and many o.her things of interest to every reader.
It is the colleges’ opportunity to carry their messages to prospective students each year, and an effort to make the citizens of Abilene more conscious and appreciative of the institutions’ value to the city.
Also in the second section will be found stories and pictures, as well as advertisements of Abilene merchants, affording prevues of the newest fall styles, with emphasis on what the eds and coeds will wear v hen the school bells ring again.
Although there Is no city-wide college appreciation observance this year. officials of each of the schools extend hearty Invitations to Abilene and West Texas citizens to visit their campuses and meet their faculties. Because rains have fallen generously this summer, the campuses are the beauty spots of Abilene today. Drive out and see for yourself during the coming week.
CHARRED WRECKAGE OF LOSI MEXICAN AIRLINER SIGHTED
Political Skies Eyed For Next 'Purge' Move
Speech Monday Gives FDR Shot At Marylander
By KIRKE L. SIMPSON
WASHINGTON. Aug. 13.—</P)— Uncertainty as to where the Roosevelt party primary lightning may strike next gives an atmosphere of expectancy to the two weeks of campaigning immediately ahead. Otherwise, this period in which four states pick party tickets seems politically featureless.
The president's radio address Monday night, observing the third anniversary of the Social Security act, affords him an opportunity to carry into Maryland the crusade he began against Senator George in Georgia.
CALIFORNIA, CAROLINA NEXT
Rep. David J. Lewis, who Ls running against Senator Tydings for the democratic senatorial nomination in that state, had a big hand 1 in framing and passing the social security law. Roosevelt could In i effect endorse Lewis against Tyd- j ings without naming either, since Tydings voted ^‘present” when the act passed the senate.
Elsewhere, the political situation seems devoid of national interest and possible thrills until the California and South Carolina primaries August 30, in which Roosevelt pressure will be a factor In senatorial contests.
He came out strongly for Senator McAdoo's renomination in California. By implication, in a South Carolina trainstop talk, he seemed to frown on Senator Smith's candi- I dacy, calling on his South Carolina hearers to send New Dealers to Washington to help rehabilitate the South. White House disfavor for Smith has long been indicated. PREDICTIONS UNCERTAIN
BY A. F. OF L. LEADER
CIO Called Communistic
John C. Metcalfe, right, German-born Investigator for the house committee probing un-American activities testified at a hearing in Washington that Hans Luther, former German
ambassador, lost his job for failing to cooperate fully with the German-Amertcan bund. Metcalfe Is shown with Rep. Martin Dies (D-Tex), committee chairman.
OFFICIALS FIND WAGE-HOUR LAW MAY AFFECT 4,000,000
Better Working Conditions Await 1,750,000 More Than Anticipated
House Probers Told 280 'Reds’ On CIO Payrolls
Lewis Himself Anti-Communist, Witness Asserts
WASHINGTON, Aug. 13 — (AP) — John P. Frey of the American Federation of Labor charged today that John L. Lewis’ rival labor organization was honey-combed with members of the communist party, whose purpose he said was revolution.
Informing a house Investigating committee that 280 communist party members were or had been on CIO payrolls as organizers and officials, he added “in fairness” that
TOLEDO, O., Aug. 13.—(AP) — Wyndham Mortimer, expelled vice president of the United Automobile Workers of America who wag named as a communist party official before a house Investigating committee today, replied to the accusation tonight with the statement:
•'It’s a damn lie.”
Eleven Persons Aboard Ship; Ground Parties Dispatched To Wreck Scene
the primary schedule to warrant national interest except a Texas run-off August 27 in which admon-istration hopes ride with Represen-! tative McParlane’s last-chance ef« MEXICO CITY, Aug. 13.—(4P)—\ searching plane reported it sighted fort to reverse anti-New Deal trends
late today the burned wreckage of a Villa Hermosa-Mexico City air liner which have been read into his fai-
which disappeared yesterday with ll persons aboard. J iure ^ wln a first-heat nomination.
The report, received by Compania Mexicana de Aviacion. operators I Echoes of President Roosevelt’s
of the line, said the wreckage was breath-taking surge into Georgia
in Vera Cruz state, Just off the politics, to urge the defeat of San-
regular route of the plane. ! atop George, are stall reverberating.
„ . .. . . The one thing Washington
Ground parties were organized1
and started immediately toward
the scene, about four miles east northeast of Tlacotalpam, on Alvarado bay In southeastern Mexico.
WASHINGTON, Aug. 13—(4*)—Labor department officials estimated od ay that as many as 4,000.000 workers—about 1.750,000 more than congress counted on—might obtain shorter working hours ultimately under Before August 30, nothing is on Ae new wage-hour law.
Estimates as to the maximum number who would receive wage incases by the time the laws provision for a general 40-cent-an-hour minimum takes effect—in 1945
George To Reply To FD’s Attack
Georgia Senator Slates Radio Talk In Reelection Bid
ATLANTA. Aug. 13—(TH—Senator Walter F. George (D-Oa.) takes the stump Monday for the first time since his unqualified acceptance of the challenge in President Roosevelt’s bid to defeat him.
The gray-haired senator declined today to disclose what he would say in the address to be broadcast
DEWITT. Ark., Aug., 13 — (AP) — The Arkansas county democratic central committee, meeting here to certify Aug. 9 primary returns, unanimously adopted a resolution condemning “federal officials” who “use their positions to influence voters In democratic primaries in the various states.”
2 Americans Die In European Disaster
KEHL, Germany, Aug. 13—
Two Americans were among 16 persons killed today wnen a Czechoslovak air liner crashed on a mountain top her® in a fog and exploded.
Air line officials in Praha said the Americans were Dorothy Cohen and Moritz Abeles, of New York.
The only survivor was Martha Krentner, 23, stewardess, who was thrown from the plane and left ( hanging on a tree branch 20 feet above the ground. The plane carried 12 passengers and a crew of four.
politicians agree on is that no one can predict certainly where or when he will strike again. He exhibited in Georgia the flair for political surprise tactics which has marked his public career from the start.
EVENTS TO COME IN WEST TEXAS
MIDLAND —An oil men’s roping contest, with a representative from each town in tile- Permian Basin, will be a part of the Midland Rodeo, September 3. 4 and 5.
SWEETWATER. — Annual Nolan county 4-H club rally will be held August 25 and 26.
LAMESA. — An amateur contest will be held on the courthouse lawn August 19.
SANTA ANNA. — Annual Santa Anna rodeo will be held August 25, 26 and 27.
GOREE. — Annual encampment of Haskell and Knox county home demonstration clubs will be held at Goree Park August 18 and 19.
RISING STAR. — Free fall fair will be held in Rising Star September 15, 16 and 17.
MUNDAY. — Floyd J. Spivey will preach for a summer revival at the Munday Church of Christ, begin-ing August 21.
German Airliner Crossing Atlantic
BERLIN, Aug. 13.—(TP)—The German airliner Brandenburg roared steadily toward her goal today on her nonstop return flight from New York to Berlin.
In regular messages she reported “all well.”
At 4 p. rn. the plane's position was given as 53.11 north latitude, 14.32 west longitude, approximately 175 miles from the Irish coast.
Trouble-Makers Disowned By Japs
SHANGHAI, Aug. 13.—(J?)—'The (over WSB) at 11:30 a. rn. (EST) chief of the Japanese army politi-from Waycross in deep southeast cal service in Shanghai insisted to-Georgia but acknowledged there night that three Japanese seized as
would be “references” to the president's history-making speech at Barnesville last Thursday.
George, who has opposed several important administration bills’ suavely took up the gage of battle from his president and party chief on the Barnesville platfrom by shaking hands with Roosevelt and saying, “I accept the challenge.” Democratic voters will decide the winner Sept. 14.
That same night at Atlanta he told supporters “we’ve Just begun to fight” but beyond these two brief statements he has not disclosed what strategy he will pursue In fighting the prestige of the chief executive.
trouble-makers in a clash with United States marines were without military status.
However, two of the men admitted they w’ere army personnel. Col. Hitoshi Hamada said the men were “merely army employes” but he added there would be an Investigation and possibly punishment.
Hunter Talked As O’Daniel Foe
LONGVIEW, Aug. 13.—(AP) —Democratic voters of Texas were asked in resolutions adopted at a mass meeting tonight t* disregard the endorsements W. Lee O’Daniel, governor-nominate, gave to some of fie runoff election candidates.
After the meeting, a movement was begun to draft Tom Hunter of Wichita Falls to run independently against O'Daniel in the general election.
Three of O’Daniei’s favorites —(’. V. Terrell, candidate for re-election as state railroad commissioner; Coke Stevenson, candidate for lieutenant-governor, and Walter Woodul, running for attorney general, were named specifically as “professional politicians” whcrn O'Daniel had pledged from the stump to eliminate from governmental affairs in Texas.
remained unchanged at “upwards of 1,000,000.”
Officials said the upward revision of the number to receive shorter hours resulted largely from two factors:
1. A narrowing of the intervention of “season” Industries which are exempt from the law's regulation of hours.
2. Indications that many employers, in a so-called “twilight zone” of uncertainty as to whether they were subject to the law, would comply with Its provisions rather than risk the penalties of violation, which include fines of double the difference between the wages paid and the amount required by the act.
The act. which becomes effective Oct. 24. requires generally that industries in or affecting interstate commerce must pay not less than 25 cents an hour and work their employes not more than 44 hours a week. The general wage minimum will Increase automatically to 30 cents at the end of the first year and to 40 cents at the end of seven
Abilenians Face Haskell Charges
Lloyd B. Thomas,
J. W. Preacher Freed On Bond
HASKELL. Aug. 13—Lloyd B Thomas of Abilene has been released on bond after having been chirged before Justice of the Peace Bruce Clift of Haskell with assault to murder and drunkenness and before County Judge Charlie Connor with carrying a pistol.
A companion, J. W. Preacher of Abilene, was charged with drunkenness and carrying a pistol. He was also released on bond.
The charges resulted from an investigation conducted Wednesday night by Constable Ollie Kittley of years. The work-week will decrease Rule, after two motorists reported to 42 hours after the first year and ; that their automobiles had been to 40 hours after two years. How- fired upon while driving along the ever, minimum wages higher than highway north of Rule early Wed-25 cents an hour but not more than nesday night.
40 cents may be fixed Immediately, in a given industry, upon recommendation of a committee appointed to study that Industry.
UT Regents Fail To Elect Prexy
Lewis himself and the majority of his followers were opposed to communism.
Prey, chief of the metal trades department of the A. F of L., peered gravely over his spectacles and waved an unlighted cigar in vigorous emphasis as he told the committee:
“It's time the public knew the truth about efforts of the communist party in the United States to carry out the purpose of Moscow and the third international, which purpose is revolution.'’
CITES STRIKES For 20 years, he said, the American Federation of Labor had held communistic influences in check in the American labor movement. But the communists had gained a foot-
PITTSBURGH, Aug. 13. — (AP)—Philip Murray, chairman of the steel workers organizing committee, today denied John Brophy, CIO director, Is a communist, and termed testimony before a h'/ise committee concerning Brrghy an “unmitigated lie.”
hold In recent years, Frey charged through their Influence In and In some cases domination of CIO unions.
“The sit-down strike and mass picketing have been used by the communists In our country," he said, “as a training camp In which communists ran become familiar with the tactics they are to apply when their revolutionary program is put into action.”
In addition to charging that 280 communists party members were or had been on CIO payrolls, he gave
See PROBE, Pg. 16, Col. 5
W. O. SHACKELFORD ‘
Pioneer Civic Leader Passes
W. O. Shackelford Served Abilene As Commissioner
Under similar circumstances that his father died 35 years ago, W. O. Shackelford, 68, well-known Abilene civic leader, died yesterday evening at 7:45 o’clock, apparently the victim of a heart attack.
Like his father. Mr. Shackelford suffered a dimy spell while working in his tin shop at 1073 South First. A doctor was called, and advised taking Mr. Shackelford home.
Gathered at the bedside were his wife and two sons, Jack and W. O. Jr. He appeared to be resting well until IO minutes before his death. He was at his home, 643 South Seventh. His father had been taken to his home in the same block. OFFICIAL TEARS
Mr Shackelford served as city commissioner for more than 16 years. He was a member of the volunteer fire department, and had served as fire, police and street commissioner. He purchased the first fire engine that Abilene bought
He came to Abilene in 1885 with his parents from Smith county where he was bom September 26, 1869. Jn 1898 he was married to Sallie Card here.
After working for the Ed S. Hughes hardware company and a grocery store, Mr. Shackelford entered the tin and roofing business in 1898 at 1073 South First. He had
See SHACKELFORD, Pg. 16. Col. I
W. S. Thomas, 85.
Dies At Loraine
LORAINE, Aug. 13— (Spl>— Funeral services were held from the Methodist church here today for W. E. Thomas, age 85, one of the pioneers of this country. C. E. Jameson, pastor of the Methodist church at Colorado, was in charge of the services.
Mr. Thomas is survived by his wife and several children. He had been in failing health for several months.
THOMASTON, Me., Aug. 13—(ZP) —A prison cell’s barred door clanged shut today on Maine’s prisoner No. 6907—Francis M. Carroll, 43. sentenced to pass the rest of his “natural life" in the state penitentiary here for the murder of Dr. James G. Littlefield, 67.
Gulf Lashed By Small Hurricane
NEW ORLEANS. Aug. 13.—(/p)— The United States weather bureau tonight placed at about 400 miles nearly due south of New Orleans a
Army Officer Dies Of Wreck Injuries
SAN ANTONIO, Aug. 13.—(ZP)— Corp. Clifford Lee Myers, 37. headquarters troop of the 12th Cavalry, Fort Brown, Brownsville, died In the Fort Sam Houston station hospital at 3:25 p. rn today of Injuries suffered in an automobile accident.
AUSTIN. Aug. 13 —</P)—The University of Texas will enter the new I long term without a permanent J men fired at their car, the bullet president. striking a battery cable under the
A member of the board of regents j auto.
.said the presidency was not discuss-, Preacher and Thomas were ,ed at a board meeting today and jested in Stamford.
' consideration of the matter probably would not be resumed until September.
The board accepted a $103,636 PW A loan and grant for construction of a new men’s dormitory. The federal agency loaned the school
A Weinert youth told the Rule officer Wednesday night, he said, that two men attempted to halt his car several miles north of Rule, and when he failed to stop, they fired at him with a pistol.
Four young women reported an; J. A. Brandon, route 2. Abilene,
attempt to halt their car by two was seriously injured yesterday
men just north of Rule, kittley I evening when the pick-up truck he
Mon Badly Hurt In Collision Of Trucks
First Cotton Bale Ginned At Merkel
A. J. Pannell Paid 10 Cents A Pound
MERKEL, Aug. 13 —(Spl.)— Merkel’s first bale of 1938 cotton arrived shortly before noon today, four days later than last year. Weighing 463 pounds and classed said. They told the officer that they ; was driving collided with the pick- ; as strict middling, it was raised failed to stop, and that one of the up truck of Angus Winn, route 2, by A. J. Pannell of the Union Ridge
Abilene, near the Colony Hill school community north of town and was house, about five miles south of ginned by the Farmers Cooperative town. ! Society Number I gin.
Brandon was taken to the Hen- Farmers and Merchants Na-
drick Memorial hospital in a tlonal j^nk of Merkel bought the Kiker-Knight ambulance He suf- t pale at jo cents per pound Ap-fered a broken arm, a broken shoul- proximately two cents above the ac-der. broken ribs and possibly crack- tual price lf the market were active. cd vertebrae. it took 25 acres to produce the
Winn was going east and Brandon north when the accident oe-
Troops Engage In Mimic Warfare
tropical storm which moved into I a* ZU? SLS*1
the Gulf of Mexico last night from n°*^ confirmed,
the northwest Caribbean sea. learned whether he sus
$57 OOO, to be amortized by bonds, tonight as zero hour approached in and made a grant of $46,636, the Third Army maneuvers.
Army horsemen shunted to the background by motorized units since that day the Roosevelt Rough Aiders galloped up San Juan hill, came Into DALLAS. Aug. 13,—(£*)—Howard their own toni«^t in this rough and Dailey, Dallas attorney, announced f;umb!,e countIY where “brown” and tonight a conference would be held ‘bJue armies prepared
CAMP BULLIS. Tex., Aug. 13—. . . . . .. __ _
ZP) Cavalry troops prepared to ride
Dallas Men Will Chasten O'Daniel
Thomas and C. B. Reeves, state highway patrolmen, stated in a report.
Midland Shooting Held Accidental
MIDLAND, Aug. 13 —<ZP)—Justice lock of the Peace J. H. Knowles today re-
Small craft were warned not to I I here tomorrow by a group of W. horns in the first skirmishes of a j turned a formal verdict of accidental
to army maneuvers at Camn venture into th, Gulf in th, area j or 0)f th(, reservation. P irom Pensacola, Fla., to Brownsville,
Tex., until further notice.
The weather bureau described the storm as “small.”
Texas Couple On Skate Honeymoon
PASADENA, Calif., Aug. 13.—(ZP) —Skating here from Waco, Tex., was just a jaunt—a honeymoon jaunt, said Jack and Pauline Hyland when they arrived here on all 16 wheels today.
They met in Corpus Christi, Tex., where Hyland paused for relaxation after skating around the world, and they were married June 3 in Waco.
After the American legion convention in Los Angeles, Hyland and his wife will start skating around the world. Hyland says he has traveled 310,600 miles on skates.
Lee ODaniel supporters -rn, ~ , opposition to O Daniel’s
he 1-th Cavalary is participating ment ot a state ticket.
ii .® 'We hoP« to contact similar
Hospital officials said that Corp. groups in other parts of tile state, Myers wife at Fort Brown had and to arrange for a statewide radio leen notified of his death and that hookup in which speakers resenting
1990 pounds of pulled cotton from which the bale was ginned.
As customary in years past, premiums for the first, second and third bales of cotton raised and ginned in Merkel territory are being raised by a committee from the Lions club with Bill Sheppard, chairman. Milton Case and Leon Toombs are working with him but they have not yet completed their list of subscribers.
to voice i four day battle with the rich south- death in the fatal shooting of A endorse- west *-s a prize. e (Bud) Taylor here yesterday
The brown invaders, numbering morning.
14 000 regular army and national County Attorney Merritt F. Hines I 4WLKSE ,nd virility:
guard troops, concentrated around said Knowles had decided on the of- j sunday and Munday.
Elmendorf for their first move ficial ruling this afternoon, after an oklahoma* Parti*
against the defending “blue ’ army investigation had shown Taylor shot / east "texas" Fair *n‘ north, mostly
the body would be sent there Sun- O Daniels action will express their bivouaced near Boerne 50 miles himself while removing a cun from cloudy in loutn. occasional railin 'in »outk day or Monday * —1____»__*-* **____> i ° ^ —. u—... . ..—
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SEAMEN WORK FEVERISHLY TO RETRIEVE FORTUNE IN ATLANTIC
NORFOLK, Va. Aug. 13.—(UP) —A treasure hunt as fascinating as any ever conceived in the mind of a novelist was moving toward a climax today in the blue waters of the Atlantic off old Cape Hatteras.
The crew of the little Italian ship Falco raced against time and battled with fog to recover a vast treasure from the
depths of the ocean. Unless they are successful before heavy weather sets in this fall the project must be delayed until next year.
This is the beginning of the hurricane season in the south Atlantic and occasionally a storm deviates from the regular path and strikes in the middle Atlantic. One such blow
would end operations for weeks, crew members said.
The treasure-seekers, led by Captain Luigi Faggian, technical director, and Dr. Mario Sil-vestri. sons of two of Italy's most important families, depend in their work upon light that filters through 220 feet of murky water to the treasure that lies aboard the sunken
liner S. S. Merida.
The treasure—22 tons of silver bullion and a fortune in gold certificates—was lost May ll, 1911, when the Merida, en route from Mexico, passed the treacherous waters of Cape Hatteras on the last leg of a
See TREASURE Pg. 16, Col. 4
portion Sunday; Monday cloudy, occasional rainy In south and central portion*. Freak to Ktrung rant to northeast vt Iud* on tho maut. Increasing Sunday.
NEW MEXICO: Partly cloudy Sunday
and Mnndny. scattered thundershower* probable north portion; little chance in temperature
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