Abilene Reporter News (Newspaper) - August 15, 1938, Abilene, Texas
Crazed* ‘Cop-Hater’s’ Murderous Foray Provides Puzzle in Psychiatry for New York Police
NEW YORK, Aug. 15.—(AP)—Police delved into ob-Rcur/j phases of simple psychiatry today attempting to determine what started Charles San Filippo on the “cop-hating” career that ended in his death as the climax of a two-gun attack on 250 policemen at a Central Park Memorial service.
Thousands of horrified Sabbath strollers saw the madman, about 40, precipitate a brief pitched battle in which five persons—two of them policemen—were wounded.
“I was going to try to kill as many cops as I could,” ha muttered as ha lay dying with at least 20 police bullet wounds in the head.
Ile came upon the outdoor memorial almost unnoticed yesterday afternoon, packing a rifle and a shotgun, and wearing crude, bullet-proof breast-plates.
A speaker had finished his eulogy after a reading of the roll of the dead, answered by “absent” as each name was called; a light flickered out, too, at the name of each
Then—shots from a double-barrel shotgun shattered the solemnity and in a wink most of the 260 policemen drew service revolvers and poured volleys at the retreating figure, who was firing the rifle as he ran. t^an Filipi)o slumped to the ground and gasped his dyijig hatred of cops, a hatred evidenced in two traffic summonses found in his possession, and in clippings at the family apartment in the Bronx.
Some of the clippings told of the exploits of a ‘‘phantom of the Bronx” who killed two patrolmen and has fired on others in recent months. Others detailed the deaths of other policemen.
Pencil marks encircled the officers’ names and derogatory remarks about them were written in the margins.
At his home police learned, too, that the dead madman’s father died of a stroke late Saturday.
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ABILENE, TEXAS. MONDAY EVENING, AUGUST 15, 1938—TEN PAGES
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Tammanyite Branded Lottery ‘Front’
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MEET THE PRINCIPALS IN NEW YORK'S BIG RACKET TRIAL
he accuses. . . .
By AP Feature Service
Racket-buster Thomas E. Dewey, crusading district attorney of New York, cracked down on the $100,000,000 policy ("numbers”) racket by Indicting nine men. Dewey, Republican, was elected in 1837 on a "reform” ticket, is being mentioned for governor.
MR HINES OF A LINK TO. . .
Big shot of the nine is James J, Hines, powerful Tammany chieftain, who is accused of providing political protection and acting as "front man” for the racket. Hines rose from a blacksmith's anvil to district leader and the inner circle of the Wigwam.
LATE DUTCH SCHULTZ ....
The policy racket used to be run by gang chief Arthur Fle-genheimer alias Dutch Schultz alias the Dutchman, who was killed by gangster bullets In 1935. Prohibition made him a big shot; after repeal he organized New York’s policy ring.
Schultz’s mouthpiece was J. Richard Davis alias EWxie Davis, a debarred law’yer charged by D3wey with having taken over the lucrative policy game, witli others. Davis was arrested in Philadelphia last winter; with him w-as show girl Hope Dare.
First intimation that Davis had turned state’s evidence came w'hen he was discovered visiting his girl friend, Hope Dare, In her New York apartment, presumably with Dewey’s knowledge. Court orders had permitted him to visit his doctor.
HEARING AFL WITNESS-
Prey Accuses Federal Units
Told to Look Closer Home
Hollywood Stars May Be Quizzed By Investigators
cows MAY REPLACE SHEEP AS PRODUCERS OF 'WOOL'
WASHINGTON. August 15— (UP)— Department of agriculture scientists predicted today that cows may replace sheep as the principal producers of "woolen” cloth.
Two scientists of the bureau of dairy industry’, Stephen P. Gould and Earl O. Whittler, have announced perfection of a process by which cloth can be made from skim milk..
They have applied for a public service patent.
The process, the scientists said, will make it possible to produce a suit which has the
wearing quality and appearance of wool from about five gallons of milk.
The estimated cost would ba much less than wool.
WASHINGTON, Aug. 15.— (AP)—John P. Frey, American Federation of Labor leader, bluntly suggested today to a house committee investigating un-American activities that it direct some of its attention to the federal government departments.
Frey said that suggestion when Representative Mason (R-IID, a member of the committee, commented on a meeting in Washington tonight as being sponsored by government officials "most of whom have admitted they are members of the League for Peace and Democracy.”
BLAMES FOR STRIKE 'This league, Mason told reporters later, is active now In collecting funds for the loyalist cause in Spain.
Mason did not name any of the sponsoring officials but when Frey suggested investigation of government depart-menst, the Illinois member replied:
“That has already been done and some of these department officials have admitted they are members of the league.”
Earlier, Prey testified that a for-mer communist party organizer had been in charge of the recent Maytag strike at Newton. Iowa.
The strike, conducted by a CIO electrical union, precipitated a controversy between Gov. Nelson G. Kraschel and the labor relations ’ board. '
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Frey told the house committee! Investigating unAmerican activities ' that the strike originally had been directed by William Sentner, whom he described as a former district organizer for the communist party.
Sentner subsequently was replaced by '‘another communist,” James Lustig, Prey said.
Submitting documentary evidence to support charges he made last week that communism pervades the CIO, Frey read into the record a letter from Anthony C. Uccello who resigned as president of a CIO local union at New Britain, Conn., asserting the CIO “has on its payroll Soviet agents hired to betray American laboring men and women.”
The possibility arose that the sommlttee might question motion picture stars about charges that Hollywood celebrities have financ-k1 communist organizations.
Chairman Dies (D-Tex) of the louse committee Investigating un-\merlcan activities said today a lub-commlttee and pos.slbly the en-ire committee would go to the vest coast before January I for learinga.
OUGHT TO BE CAT'S MEOW FOR $14,400
ST. LOUIS. August 15—(/Pi— A 13-lnch cat — not the soft, purring kind that frolics after mice, but a full gray metal tabby of reputed 2.400-year vintage—has created a furore in St. Louis.
Neither the authenticity nor the artistic merits of the cat are at issue—ifs the $14,400 price tag which nas stirred up the rumpus among unionists, “reliefers," women’s clubs, the city administration and the art museum.
Many have attacked the museum’s purchase of the Egyptian figure, said to date back to the fifth century. B. C., "when the city’s relief needs are In desperate plight."
Striking union building workers, who have picketed the city hall here for several weeks, changed their signs recently to read: "$14,400 lor a useless
bronze cat—notnlng for labor.”
Murder Charge Filed at Breck
BRECKENRIDGE. August 15 — (Sp!)—A charge of murder was flied here today against Andrew Funderburk. 42. as an aftermath of the fatal shooting of Loyd Ram-bo, 28, at a beer garden two miles north of town Sunday afternoon.
Funderburk wa.' quoted as saying in a verbal statement to District Attorney Ben Dean that he and Rambo quarreled while Rambo was sitting at the counter. Funderburk, who managed the place, was behind the counter. Funderburk stated that after abusive language Rambo came over the counter and that he shot him while Rambo was on top of him.
Four bullets took effect, two In the body and two in the arms, one arm being broken.
Funeral rites for Rambo were to be held this afternoon at 4 o’clock. Besides his widow, Rambo is survived by his mother, Mrs. George Rambo, and a sister, Mrs. Elsie Allen, both of Breckenridge.
Frome Death Susped Meld
Lubbock Salesman Charged in Attack Cases at Hobbs
EL PASO, August 15.—(;P>—Arrest of a 35-year-old patent medicine salesman in West Texa.s suddenly spurred Texas authorities today in their long unproductive Investigation of the six-months-old Frome murder cases.
Texas Ranger Frank Mills left here,, today for Seminole, Texas, where the suspect was In custody, to question him concerning the desert slayings of last April 3 of Mrs. Weston G. prome and her daughter, Nancy, of Berkley, Calif.
TAKEN TO PECOS The suspect, whose residence was given as Lubbock, was arrested in Plains, Texas, Friday night after three Hobhs' N. M., night club entertainers had been criminally assaulted. Charges were filed against him after he made a written admission when confronted by the girls, according to Sheriff W, Kerley of Lea county, N. M.
Sheriff John Sari In of Seminole took the suspect to Pecos^ Tex., today where he was to be viewed by persons who reported seeing a mys-trious man trailing the automobile In which Mrs. FYome and her daughter dt’ere traveling east from El Paso. Their mutilated bodies were found nude on the West Texas desert near "Van Horn, 135 miles east of El Paso.
Ranger Mills said he expected to have some Important evidence in the case by tonight.
Mills said the assault on the Hobbs night club girls was among the most brutal he had investigated as a peace officer. They had been beaten and stabbed, although not critically.
'The ranger questioned the suspect in Hobbs Friday, and with Sheriff Kerley searched his rooms in Lubbock Saturday.
The suspect wa.s described as weighing 180 pound.' and with a scar on his left cheek.
FORMER O’DANIEL SUPPORTERS LAUNCH OPPOSITION CAMPAIGN
Longview Movement to Draft Hunter
Folds After Endorsement of Terrell
DALLAS. August 15—(UP)—Opposition to W. Lee O’Danters endorsement of six candidates for, state office was planned here today.
.Arrangements for radio talks against the governor-elect’s surprise action were to be started Uxlay at a meeting In the office of Howard Dailey, local attorney.
I Dailey said that 24 former O’Danlel supporter*—"no candidate not endorsed by O’Daniel being present”—held a preliminary meeting with him Sunday.
The attorney said he and his cohorts considered the men endorsed by O'Daniol "profes-sional politic
ians” and that it was planned to arrange a series of five-minute radio talks from leading cities of the state featuring prominent citizens who oppose O’Daniel’s endorsements.
LONGVIEW, August 15—(AP)
—A "draft Tom Hunter for governor” movement to oppose W. Lee O’Daniel that started here Saturday folded up today.
Leaders of the movement said that in view of Hunter's declaration for C. V. Terrell that the movement would be dropped and some "more eligible standard bearer found.”
FORT WORTH. August 15—(.P)— W. Lee O’Daniel, democratic nominee for governor, said today he was arranging three radio addres.ses this week, the first at 12:45 p. rn. tomorrow. (Tcx's Quality Network)
Others will be made Thursday and Saturday. The governor-noml-nate did not say what the subject of his talks would be.
Although he has said he wa.s not contemplating endorsements of additional candidates in the run-off, and planned no further action In favor of the .six already endorsed, there was speculation whether he may not be planning to do one or the other.
Midland Suicide Verdict Withdrawn
Boosters Seek New Members
Hunt Texan's Slayer
PAIGE, August 15—(UP) —State police and local officers were blocking highways in this vicinity today after Adolph Laake. 27-year-old filling station operator was found shot to death early this morning In the place where h? works. Po- ! Taylor’.s
MIDLAND. Aug. 15.—(UP)—Justice of the Peace J. H. Know les said today that a recheck of evidence caused him to change his verdict In the death of A. E. (Bud) Taylor, i 26 former Texas Christian university football player who died from a bullet w’ound Friday.
Knowles said he was convinced after rechecking the evidence that death was accidental in-
Swlnging Into the last week of its I first annual membership drive, the I Booster club was host today at a i Hotel Wooten luncheon to more ' than 80 members, new members and ; vL'itors.
A roster of 300 members Is the goal set by the club in the drive and E. G, Woods, club secretary, i expres.sed hope today that the total would be reached. The total now stands between 235 and 250 members he .said
I Bryan Bradbury, .slate represen-; tative, was principal speaker for the I day. He cited the values of increased j membership and urged the group I forward.
"You cannot stand status quo In membership,” he said, "without ; losing ground, xxx Abilene and. its i territory has many resources and I industries that need developing and I encouraging. Manpower is the only I tool you need and young manpower I is the greatest tool of energy there is.”
, "Keep pushing forward. Carry I Abilene upward and onward to the ‘ position in Texas where she be-! longs.”
i 'The Invocation was given by Ed I Slaughter and Billie Ruth Garrett, accompanied by Milton Page, sang j several songs. Short talk.s were , made by Ewell Jones and Jack Slm-i mons.
)ewey Claims Mob's Profits Up in Millions
James J. Hines Gains Severance, Faces Trial Alone
NEW YORK, Aug. 16.— (AP) — District Attorney Thomas E. Dewey plunged into the most spectacular fight of his war on rackets today with the assertion that from 1S31 to 1937 more than a million persons in greater New York were exploited for $10,-000,000 to $20,000,000 a year by a vast lottery combine.
He said the state would try to show that James J. Hines, Tammany Hall district leader, supplied legal protection for that gang. His assertions were made In remarks to talesmen called for the selection I of a Jury to hear the trial of Hines I on charges of conspiring w’lth I Schultz and his henchmen,
CASES SEVERED Dewey summarized the one con-I splracy and 12 felony charges against Hines and said the prosecution hoped to present testimony of about 55 witnesses in one week.
At the outset of the trial today the case* of Martin Welntraub, “mouthpifece” for small-fry policy operators jointly indicted with Hines, was severed from that of the Tammany leadei, leaving the main figure to face trial alone.
Hines and Welntraub were the only defendants when the rase was called In supreme court today. Eight were named In the Indictments charging that from 1931 to 1937 Hines accepted from $500 to $1,000 a week to bribe, coerce and Intimidate Judges and political leaders and thus keep Arthur (Dutch Schulti) Flegenhelmer and his henchmen beyond the reach of the law while they operated the vast lottery. I
Three of them pleaded guilty, i among them J. Richard (Dixie) i Davis, cagey young lawyer who' guided Schultz through the maze of threatening legalities. Those three will testify for the state In an attempt to alleviate their own punishment.
OTHERS ALL A W. O. L.
All the others named in the Indictments are "missing”—whether dead or alive even their former closest associates do not profess to know.
The trial —expected to be the most sen.sational one involving a major Tammany figure since Boss William Tweed was sent to jail in 1871—convened in the same court room in which Dewey convicted Charles (Lucky) Luciano, imprisoned vice lord, and resUurant racketeer.
Hines said “this Is a purely political battle and I’m going to fight through to the end.
“I cannot be convicted on the testimony of a bunch of squealers. I have assured my friends of my innocence. Fve told them not to worry, because I'm not worrying.”
NOT HINDU .MDE furgpe Jjftery
As Peace Crisis Draws Nearer
Declaring that her participation in a Hindu wedding ceremony in Punjab, India, was "mere social pleasantry,” Mrs. Lemma Holmes-Smlth, above, denied a charge of bigamy, brought by her ex-husband, Carl Flelschmann Holmes, In New York supreme court Before Mrs. Holmes-Smith married him she was a child bride in a Holy Land harem, and later wife of a British tobacco magnate. She now seeks a $300,000 trust fund set up by Holmes before their divorce. He charges her Indian marriage was undl.ssolved, invalidating her rlalm.
Druggists Open Parley Tuesday
Fair Tratde Bill Talks Scheduled By Legislators
West Texas Pharmaceutical association members will convene here tomorrow at the Hilton hotel for a three-day business and entertainment session. Approximately 500 druggists and drug store workers are expected to be present.
Highlight of the convention will be Wednesday afternoon, with all Independent merchants of the territory are Invited to join the druggists In dUcassion of the fair trade bill In Texas. Bryan Bradbury, state representative, of Abilene, and Joe Henderson, state senator, of Henderson will explain the bill from a legislative standpoint.
J. M. Penland. president of the Southwestern Drug corporation, will present the views of druggists and all other Independent merchants.
Registration will begin Tuesday afternoon at 2;30 o’clock. A banquet and dance will be given that night In honor of the visitors.
Wednesday morning there will be the opening business meeting, an executive committee meeting, and a drug clinic. The fair trade discussion is slated for the afternoon and that night there will be another dance and banquet.
Addre.sses from drug company executives are scheduled for Thursday morning. Following reports of the committees and Installation of officers, the convention will close at noon.
Speed Essential, England Stalling Fuehrer Hitler
By JOE ALEX MORRIS United Press Staff Correspondent
Europe today entered perhaps the most difficult phase of a long struggle to stabilize peace.
The prospect was not so much for an immediate or spectacular military stroke designed to break up the tangled diplomatic lines as for a prolonged period of high tension—a sort of running war fever— over the Czechoslovakian minority issue.
Paramount cause of tension as well as one of the chief hopes of avoiding an early military crisis lay in the fact that the key to the future is relations between Great Britain and nazi Germany.
The nail march to the east, in which domination of the Csechs is the next necessary step, has been delayed chiefly because of Britain’s opposition. Nazi Chancellor Adolf Hitler is determined to make every effort to carry out nls expansion program, if possible, without war and without incurring the enmity of London. British Prime Minister Netille Chamberlain, concentrating first on prevAiting war, harbors a deep fear of communism; wants improved relations with Germany. Chamberlain’s procedure has been to delay a showdown on the Czech crisis. Speed is essential to Hitler; every day of delay Increases the difficulties and dangers of a nazi blow at the Czechs. Current developments Indicate that these contrary forces are now coming to grips; that probably the next month will produce a turning point.
NEXT FEW WEEKS CRISIS In the European gallery of rumor, today was to have been the date for a nazi move against the Czechs tA It was long since obvious that such whispered advance information was part of the dangerous game of threats and counter-threats that keeps the continent’s troubles bubbling.
But for Czechoslovakia the next few weeks will be even more difficult; may indicate whether Prague’s stern attitude toward nazi demands can prevent dissolution or domination
See WAR FEARS. Pg. 9, CoL 7
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Income Tax Warning
WASHINGTON, Aug. 15—(UP)— Chairman Pat Harrison of the senate finance committee w’arned today that congresc will have lo consider broadening the Income tax base unless business conditions improve by the first of the year.
LONDON. August 15—(A*)— The British protest against Italian intervention in Spain called specific ■ attention to reports that airplanes j from Italian air bases were bomb- i ing Spanish loyalist cities, it was . learned today.
Stamford Officer And Family Hurt
STAMFORD Augi\^ 15—(Sp!) — J. L. Johnson of Stamford police force is in a Kenedy hospital unconscious from Injuries received in an automobile accident Saturday afternoon when his car was struck near there by automobile driven by a drunken Mexican.
His injuries pre a broken jaw, lung and head injuries. Chief j George Flournoy was advised here ' yesterday that Johnson’s condition ; would show no change for three days.
, One of Johnson’.' sons also re-i mained unconscious with head in-[ juries; and a secona son had a I broken nose. Mrs Johnson was ' shaken up and bruised. The fam-I ily was returning to Stamford af-; ter a week’s visit with a daughter I at Corpus Christi.
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NOTED WRITER HUNTS WORLD OVER FOR STORIES OF SUPERSTITIONS
By NE.4 Service
NEW YORK, August 15.—Some men hunt lions. Some hunt butterflies. Ben Lucien Burman hunts superstitions.
He hunts them up and down the mountains of Tennessee and Kentucky, in the coves and bayous of the Mississippi, down in the teeming river settlements out in the shanty-boats of the riverfolk.
He has to turn minstrel, on occasion, to do it. Sometimes he turns hoodoo doctor. But he shares his wlll-o-the-wisps and sets them down on paper. Not as dusty-dr>’ tomes, but as fascinating storie.s and books, such as his recent "Blow for a Landing.” He has one of the largest collections of untamed, aboriginal, rarln’-to-go superstitions in the world. He’s very proud of it. too.
He is the author of “Mississippi," and of "Steamboat 'Round the Bend.” This became a best seller, and the movie version was Will Rogers’ last picture.
Ben is a thin-voiced, lark gentle little man. a born raconteur. One after another come the Intriguing stories he has heard—about the bell egg In the alligator’s nest which rings like a clock when a riverman tries to rob ^e nest; about the friendly porpoises in the Gulf who blow In the bodies of drowned pe<^le so their relatives can find them: about the snake-doctor who can call snakes so a person can know which one bit him; about the thousand and one things the simple people have told Ben.
But Ben can laugh at himself, too. "I’m superstitious,” he says. “We all are. One of my favorite superstitions is the one where I see a'street clock when I’m wishing for something. If I reach the clock before the hands reach the hour I’ll get my wish. whatever it Is.
"I once told that superstition to a Harvard anthropologist. He was amazed because he had that superstition, too ’•
Read his stories on strange superstitions starting on Paga 2 of tho Reporter-News today.