Abilene Reporter News (Newspaper) - July 8, 1938, Abilene, Texas
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ABILENE, TEXAS. FRIDAY MORNING, JULY 8, 1938-SIXTEEN PAGES
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PRICE 5 CENTSEX-WIFE OF FILM COMEDIAN MARRIES AGAIN
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Showers Crack Heat Wave Grip
Half To Two Inches Of Rain Follow Abilene's Mercury Reading Of 103
Continuing the weatherman'* program for furtherance of West Texas
agriculture, plentiful rain* soaked fields throughout the territory last night after a week of drying winds and record heat.
Prom Fisher and Jones counties south to Coleman county, the weather map showed precipitation along the wide stretch ranging from ha lf-inch showers to rain* of nearly two inches. At some places the rain was accompanied by high winds and electrical storms.
Haskell reported early last night that a shower during the nfter-
.. j noon. amounted to one-half inch.
Farmers were quoted as saying that the rain came at an "Ideal" time to benefit cotton and feed which is up to an excellent stand.
FIFTH INCH FALL&HERE At Stamford the rain began at 6 o'clock and at 9 p. rn. was still falling hard. Little wind accompanied the showers.
Safety Parley Due Next May
Ranger President Of Oil Belt Group Here To Fix Date
Announcement was made Thursday that dates had been set for the first Thursday and Friday in May for the 1939 meeting of the Oil Belt Safety conference. For the first time in history of the organi-ration. it will be held in Abilene end for the first time will be held for two days instead of one,
The dates were announced by L. H Taylor. Ranger, president of the safety conference, who met here yesterday with J. C. Watson, secretary of the organization, and other leaders,
SCOUTS TO PARTICIPATE
Taylor also conferred with Robert T, Bridge. West Texas field
representative of the American Red Cross, on plans for Instruction and arrangements for the first aid contest to be a major feature of the two-day session.
Representation of the Boy Scouts In the conference was assured by Ed Shumway, executive of the Chisholm Trail council. Other meetings were held with P W, Campbell, safety director of the West Texas Utilities company, and S. lf. Shelton, chairman of the safety committee of the Abilene chamber of commerce.
Area embraced by the conference activity will include the counties of Fisher, Nolan, Jones, Taylor, Throckmorton. Shackelford. Callahan. Brown. Eastland, Stephens, Young. Palo Pinto, Erath and Comanche.
WOULD AID SC HOOTS
"Any police or fire department or business concern will be permitted to train teams for entrance in the first aid contest." Taylor said.
Information pertaining to eligibility of teams or requirements may be obtained in Abilene from Roy Marshall of the West Texas Utilities company. The conference will cooperate in the program of the National Safety Council.
"Hie program is calculated to be of service the year around in out-ling a cooperative plan for the schools, as well as business enterprises.
Suits On Delinquent Taxes May Total IOO
Wiley Caffey, special attorney employed by the city of Abilene to collect delinquent taxes, estimated Thursday that IOO suits will be filed and service completed for the September term of 42d district court.
Caffey is sending notices to property owners that if satisfactory arrangements are not made for payment of past due tax accounts, suits will be instituted.
Delinquent taxes on city rolls total nearly $400,000.
Roby received a light shower about 7 o clock along with lot* of sand.
A nice rain was received at Haw-i ley early in the night. High winds and much sand also were reported.
At IO o'clock last night Abilene had received .20 inch of rain, the weatherman said. The shower followed another boosting of the season heat record with the temperature standing at 103 degrees shout 5 o'clock. Abllenians experienced temperatures yesterday that ranged from 70 degrees in the early morning hours to the afternoon record. Following i the 103 degree* at 5 o'clock, the mercury dropped to 97 degrees at 6 o'clock. By 7 o'clock it rested at 71. BAIRD'S LIGHTS GO OLT I Late last night skies were still cloudy and citizens held hope for more rain.
Probably the heaviest rain fell at Baird beginning about 7:30 o'clock. High winds and sand preceded the fail. Lights there went off about R o'clock and at ll o'clock last night were still out of commission. At that time the telephone operator wa* using a candle for light. Rainfall wa* reported at more than one and a half inches.
West to Sweetwater there was only a light shower Just about sun-j down. Lots of wind and sand accompanied the shower.
A cafe operator in Winters last night estimated the town had received a one-inch rain since 6 o'clock I and it wa* still "pouring." He said a I traveling man reported Ballinger had a still heavier rain than Win-I ters.
The Ballinger rain came after the temparture had reached KH degree* in mid-afternoon. The reading, however, fell short of the 1938 record of 106 degrees, established there Wednesday,
Official forecast last night was for cooler weather today with local thundershowers.
Luncheon To Honor Officials Of Sears
Honoring C. B. Roberta of Dallas, regional manager of the southwestern zone of Sears, Roebuck and company, and C. A, McGaughey, local manager, a luncheon Is scheduled at 12 o’clock today in the red room of the Hilton hotel.
Fifteen or 20 business men will attend the luncheon, for which J. C. Hunter, chamber of commerce president, will preside. Included will be D. H Jefferies, president of the West Texas Fair association.
WASHINGTON, July 7— <*)— Senator Borah <R-Idaho>. 73-year-old dean of the senate, was in bed today under a physician’* orders that he rest after a breakdown be-I cause of overwork.
A IM LE VK and vicinity: Probably local thuiiderahourr* todav,
MEST TI\%S: I'artlv cloud), probably •catered tluindcrnhoucc* In »<>uthca*t
portion, cooler in •outhra*! and rant-central portion* today; Saturday partly cloudy, wanner In north portion.
EAST TFX AS: Partly cloudy in noiith, ■raftered thundershower* In north and eitreme ra«t portion*, cooler In northwest portion today: Saturday partly cloudy.
NIMEX IOO: lair toda\ and saturday. little r Ii a n k e In temperature.
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M Noon Midnight 94
Highest anil lowest temperatures to 9 p. rn. yesterday, IQS and 70; same date a year ago, 99 and Ti.
Sunset yesterday. 7:49; sunrise today,
8:79; sunset today. 7:49.
Rainfall for 34 hour* ending at 9 p. rn.
FDR Departs On Stumping Tour
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PRESIDENT'S TREK MAY SHED LIGHT ON THIRD TERM ENIGMA
By KIRKE L. SIMPSON
WASHINGTON. July 7.—(/Pi— For the second time in less than ten month*, President Roosevelt set out tonight on a trans-continental swing on which great event* for himself, for himself, for his party and for the nation may depend.
There are two major political questions which dominate the 1938-40 political acene. They are: Whether Roosevelt popularity has waxed or waned ainee his sweep to re-election in 1936 and whether he will seek a third term to carry forward the New Deal program. New light
may be thrown on both questions by results of this trip.
Now, as in September. 1937, when he swung to the Northwest, the president appears to be seeking first of all his own answer to the question of his popularity and the trend of public opinion on his national
leadership Franklin Roosevelt seems to find his answer In the faces of the crowds at every stop on such trips. He hears it in the tone of crowd response to his sallies.
That was strikingly demonstrated
See REACTION. Pf. 3, Col. 5
RODEO CHAMPS in BUND TRIAL SETTING—
Nazi Salute Used For Flag
Lit* Grey Chaplin Aqulrre, former wife of Charlie Chaplin, film comedian, is shown in Los Angeles with her new husband, Arthur F Day Jr., following their marriage. Among those present at the ceremony were her two son*. Charles Jr., and Sidney Chaplin, shown above.
Honeymooners' Wedding Illegal
Marriage Found To Have Jumped Gun On Divorce
LOS ANGELES, July 7. —opv— Two film colony honeymooners— Lits Grey Chaplin and Arthur F. Day Jr.—marched back toward the marriage altar today.
Their wedding last Tuesday in a Catholic church at Manhattan Beach created a legal question, they admitted, but nothing that another ceremony today wouldn’t answer.
Mrs. Day. former wife of Comedian Charlie Chaplin, became the bride of her theatrical agent before her divorce from her second husband, Henry Aguirre Jrwas final.
The unexpected news reached her yesterday at a honeymoon suite in a Catalina island hotel.
As explained to the startled couple, the Aguirre divorce was granted July I, 1937, hut not entered on court records until six days later. Therefore it couldn’t become final until a full year had elapsed from the latter date.
DEL MONTE Calif.. July 7 — T —Film Actress Paulette Goddard and Charles Chaplin are to be teamed professionally again, and lf Pebble Beach society is right, they are at last ready for the public to regard them as teamed maritally.
The actress, who for several years nimoredly has been married to Chaplin, has been here IO days as Chaplin s house guest During "time out" from her drama lessons with Chaplin as coach, the actress has mingled in Pebble Beach society. Her new acquaintances, apparently with her consent, started calling her "Mrs Chaplin."
Yesterday she registered as "Mrs. Charles Chaplin" in entering a tournament at the Cypress Point golf club. The social set accepted this a* virtual confirmation of the long-standing rumors of her marriage to Chaplin. Incidentally, she tied with Harry Hunt of Pebble Beach for first place in the golf tournament.
A couple of champions in the ninth annual Texas Cowboy Reunion at Stamford flash smiles after receiving beautiful saddle* for their work. Dick Bishop, ll, of Winters <above* was winner of the Junior cowboy contest. Elizabeth Miller of the Miller Brothers ranch, Snyder, was winner of the sponsors’ contest (Reporter-News staff photos).
Two Are Hurt In Nolan Crash
SWEETWATER. July 7— (SpD— Two men were injured, one critically, in a head-on automobile collision on highway 70 a mile northeast of Sweetwater tonight.
J. A. (Jap> Morrow, 55, Rotan hotel proprietor, was most seriously injured. He received a crushed chest, several broken rib*, a broken jaw. lacerations of the hands, and a possible fracture of the left shoulder.
I W. A. Townsend of near May-bank received severe hip injuries, ; contusions of a jaw and bruises and cuts. He was en route to Kermit.
The cars, each containing only its ; driver, collided directly in front of the Sweetwater country club. The crash attracted Mrs. Eldon Ely. who i lives at the club, and she summoned ambulances. Both men are in a Sweetwater hospital.*
Witness Says It s New Form
German-American League President Calls Jews Foes
RIVERHEAD, N. Y., July 7 —(AP)—Martin E. Wunderlich, a member of the German-American Volksbund, amid an^ry member* in the Suffolk county courtroom, predicted today the nazi salute of Hitler * Germany would replace the American form of saluting the flag.
A witness in the trial of six director* of the German-American settlement league, a bund affiliate, Wunderlich was asked by Prosecutor Lindsay R Henry to salute the Stars and Stripes
Wundcrlirh responded by raising hi* arm in the stiff gesture of the Hitler salute.
“Is that the American salute?’* Henry asked sharply.
"No,” Wunderlich said, "but It will he.’
Ernest Mueller, president of the league, returned a negative answer when asked lf he believed in Hit- ; I let’s principles, but said he did believe "to a certain extent" that Jews were enemies of the United States.
Roy P. Monahan, state romman- ! der of the Disabled War Veterans, I brought charge* against Mueller, the league and five other persons j He allege* the group failed to file a membership list with the secretary of state as required of oath- I bound organizations.
Checks Bounce; Forgers Sought
Police last night were seeking apprehension of an expert forger that passed through Abilene several days ago. An unidentified man gave Hay Brothers grocery a check for $34 65 drawn on the Halliburton Oil Well Cementing company through the Republic National bank in Dallas, and one to W. T. Grant company for $29. The checks were returned, both signature and printing of the check* being forgeries. bank authorities said.
Officers last night asked that anyone that had accepted any such checks or been offered one to get in touch with them at once.
Youth Pleads Guilty To Slaying Of Child
CINCINNATI, July 7—>£>►—Lind-berg Trent, 15. pleaded guilty today to a murder charge in the attack-slaying of Shirley Ann Woodburn. 6. Waiving a Jury' trial, he thus placed his fate in the hands of three judges.
Young Trent signed a confession for Prosecutor Dudley Miller Outran, but denied a criminal attack upon the girl. The child's body, marked by 27 stab wounds and a part of it cut away, was found on a wooded hillside some 20 hours after she disappeared May 29
Rousing Oldsters' Ire—
REUNION GIVEN 'RUNAROUND'
By NU INEZ WI SCHR AEM PER Reporter-News Staff Writer
BURKETT. July 7—Ye shall know the truth and the truth shall make you .... mad
So it was with the usually contented citizens of this tranquil little Coleman county village today.
It was alleged that a big three-day picnic and old settlers' reunion would begin here today, with baseball games, a rodeo, political speaking and other features carded. For 44 years oldtimers had looked forward to the picnic annually a* a
I happv time when early-day acquaintances were renewed and frontier experiences were recalled.
Came the dawn and pioneers eagerly, confidently prepared for the 45th annual Burkett reunion.
Rut they had taken It* coming too much a* a matter of fast. It didn't take place. Unknowingly Burkett citizens were “made the goat." one aggressive spokesman declared.
The shaded, cool picnic spot bordering Pecan bayou outside the
See BURKETT. Pg. S. Cd. 6
Henry Ford Patents New Saddle Type' Motor Mounted Over Car's Rear Axle
WASHINGTON, July 7.—-(/P)—Henry Ford patented today a new "saddle” motor to be mounted over the rear axle of passenger automobile*.
The idea of a rear motor which may result in drastic re-design of the automobile of the future Just as buses have been revamped by transferring the motor from front to rear, la not a new one. the automobile manufacturer declared.
However, he said in his patent application, the motor itself Is a new development in that It, can be placed in the rear of pleasure cars without upsetting their delicate balance In addition to being quieter, the new motor will be more efficient and will reduce repair bills. Ford contended.
Previously the rear-axle motors, such as those used In buses, have been unbalanced. Their weight was almost entirely on one Bide.
In the new invention, he said, the cylinder block snd crank shaft are mounted over one-half of the axle and the engine flywheel, clutch and other heavy part* are balanced over the other half with a rigid abaft connecting them. ^ ,
The driving gears, connected with the two balanced halve* of
the engine, are located exactly at the middle of the axle
Officials who read the patent declined to predict whether It
would come Into immediate use._____
AIRMEN SIGHT RIVER BOATMEN, REPORT ALL OF PARTY SAFE
Long-Overdue Expedition Found 20 Miles Short Of Arizona Goal
El. PASO Tex July 7,—(TP)—1The six-member Nevills expedition which left Green River. Utah June 20 and was thought to have met disaster on the Colorado river in Arizona, was reported found safe 20 miles northeast of Lees Ferry, Ariz., by two pilots who left EH Paso
Thursday afternoon. , . . .
Lt Perry S Lyons. United States coast guard commander here was wired by Co-piiots* R. W Fendlav and J L. Riggs the party was com-municated with between < and 7.30 oclock .onight.
' Through notes written and answered by raising of hands of six members of the party, it was determined the party does not need food
---and aii are well.
As far as could be discerned there were three boats and six persons.
Coast guard fliers will return to Biggs Field Friday, Lieutenant Lyons said.
Sentence Today For Kidnapper
i CHICAGO. July 7—iP*—Kidnaper John Henry Seadlund will learn tomorrow how* much longer he has to livf.
Federal Judge John P. Barnes
* was scheduled to set a new date then for the electrocution of Seadlund for tne $50,000 ransom kidnaping last Sept 25 of Charles S. Ross, 72, retired Chicago manufac-
Soys Smoking Causes Cancer
CINCINNATI, July 7—(UPI—A warning that excessive smoking may , lead to cancer was given by Dr William H Schulz of Cleveland today in a talk before the American Osteopathic Society of Ophthalmology and Otolaryngology here.
"An analysis of such injuries shows that pipe smoking is the chief peril," Dr. Schulz said "Cigars are the next highest offenders, and cigarets the least dangerous."
Couple With Record For Unexpected W ed On Bride’s 77th Birthday; He's lf)
Wednesday was doubly a red letter day for Mrs. Moille McDonald, who lives in North Park.
It was her 77th birthday. It was also dei wedding day. She was married to J. W. Yowell Sr.. 76, retired salesman whose home is at 2223 North Walnut street, Minister M V. Showalter performing the ceremony.
Tile wedding was a surprise, and
perhaps the most surprised person was a neighbor, in whose home the vows w'ere recited at 1:30 p. rn.
The hostess was preparing a birthday spread, not a wedding feast. She was taken completely unawares when Mr. Yowell dropped in, as if for a casual visit. He announced that he, too, would be present for the noonday meal, and shortly afterward he and the guest
of honoi would become man and | wife The plans already were made. the license bought and the minister engaged.
Marrying on her 77th birthday was not the first unusual thing Mrs. Yowell had done. When she was past 60 she assumed responsibility of rearing three orphan children,
1 two boys and a girl. These children 1 now are grown and have homes of
their own. For several years -their foster mother had been a widow.
"I have prayed for someone to come into my home to care for me," she told a friend after the wedding. "I thought a couple would come, but ..." Well, the answer was not quite what was expected
Mr. Yowell. too. has a record for doing the unusual. When he w?s a I6-year-old boy on a Tennessee ...im
he was recommended for a job wtih a well known implement firm. He had not askeo for the Job. and he knew’ nothing about the requirements for holding it, but he decided to try it. And the “trying'' lasted 21 years Then he left the company to accept another position offered \.%n. He never asked for a job, but
See WEDDING, Tf. 3. Col. 7
M’Call Denied Commutation
TALLAHASSE. Fla . July 7</F— Franklin Pierce McCall. 21-year-old kidnaper of Jimmy Cash, a youngster he had often played with. was refused respite from death today bv the state pardon board
Barring interference from an appeal to the state supreme court, McCall’s electrocution could be carried out as early as the week of July 18 under Florida s legal requirements.
The pardon board, headed by Gov. Fred P. Cone, took only 13 minutes after a public hearing to decide that McCaUs plea to commute his death sentence to life imprisonment should not be granted. McCall's 57-year-old widowed mother retained the attorney who pleaded for mercy for him.
She sat with his wife but did not address the board. Neither did Mr and Mrs. James Bailey Cash, parents of the kidnaped child who died in the hands of his abductor. The four, separated by only a few feet, sobbed throughout.
Before the board met, McCall's mother went to Mrs. Cash, shook hands and whispered a request that she join the plea for mercy for the kidnaper. They both cried and Mis McCall returned to her place.
"She won’t help me,'* said Mrs. McCall through her tears. ‘‘She told me; 'Your son not only killed my son but he ha* figuratively killed my husband and me, No penalty can pay for the crime or relieve us of our misery.’ ’’
Lake Yacht Burns
BUFFALO. N Y . July 7.—(.TV-The motor yacht Carolina II burned to the waterline in Lake Erie tonight Two men aboard were rescued by a passing freighter.
LEES FERRY, Ariz.. July 7.—I**) —A veteran river rider and a student and professor at Princeton university were enroute today from Richfield, Utah, to search the Colorado river for the Navi I Is expedition.
Organized primarily as a "just for pleasure" jaunt, Dave Rust, guide. Prof. L, F. Lowe and Harold Hartshorne Jr. were to push two boats into the racing river at Hite Utah, just below Cataract canyon.'
They were to seek trace of Norman D Nevills and the two women and three men of his party en-; route to Lee's Ferry.
Meanwhile, H. <Buzz) Holstrom, 29. who last year conquered the river alone, said at Boulder City Nev., he was “honestly worried" about the Nevills expedition, long > over due here.
"Cataract canyon is the most isolated and inaccessible part of the United States." Holdstrom said. "If they lost their boats and were nol drowned and were able to climli | to the rim of the canyon, their chances of getting out safely still would be almost negligible.”
Ha-lan Trial Interest Centers On Shooting
LONDON, Kv. July I—-(TP)—Interest in the Harlan labor trials today centered around the fatal shooting of Defendant Frank White.
While Federal Bureau of Investigation agents and county officials continued to investigate the shooting last night of White, a former county deputy sheriff, the defense paraded more witnesses to the stand in an effort to refuse government charges of anti-union activity.
A murder charge was placed against Curtis Patterson, 40. peglegged Harlan miner, charging him with the White shooting
Georgia Added To Stops Listed For Speeches
Four Addresses Are On Schedule Before Tonight
WASHINGTON, July I—OPT— President Roosevelt left tonight on a transcontinental tour in behalf of his unfinished New Deal program and of “liberal'’ candidates for office in the 1938 democratic primaries.
The president boarded his special I 10-car train a few minutes before the scheduled departure time.
AIDES SAY FAREWELL Before leaving the White House he wrote an address he will deliver I tomorrow morning at Marietta, Ohio
Three members of the president'* cabinet saw him off at the station—
Franklin Delano Roosevelt will address the people of this section of West Texas next Sunday evening over KRBC, the Reporter-New* station. The time is 7:15 to 7:30 o'clock and 50 Texas radio stations, including KRBC, will be tied into a network to carry the president’* greetings to Texans.
This will be truly a "fireside chat” — no politics — although there will be no fire in the broad fireplace at the Elliott Roosevelt ranch home near Benbrook, Tex. The president will sit In the living room of his son’s home as he makes his 15-minute talk.
The originating station la KFJ7. of Fort Worth, which is owned by President Roosevelt'* daughter-in-law, wife of his son Elliott.
Secretary of State Hull, Secretary of Treasury Morgenthau and Attorney General Cumming*
There were 80 people aboard, including 27 newspaper men—three times as many as usually accompany the pnesident.
One major addition was made to his itinerary—an addition will give him an opportunity, if he chooses, to lay a finger of disapproval on the renomination of Senator George (D-Ga.)
He accepted an invitation of a delegation of Georgians, including Lawrence Camp of Atlanta, who is in the race against George, to speak at Barnesville August ll.
George has opposed the administration on octagons. 1 FOl'R TALKS TODAY
Fire Georgia speech will be made after Roosevelt has completed his swing across the nation and has taken a leisurely cruise down the Pacific coast, through the Panama canal and back to Pensacola. Fla.
I Occasion for the first address of the tour will be a celebration at Marietta tomorrow of the 150th anniversary of the settling of the Northwest territory. Time of the speech has not been announced definitely, but it will be broadcast nationally.
Later in the day, the president will go to Kentucky, where he is expected to leave voters in no uncertainty about his desire for renomination of Senator Barkley, democratic leader. He will talk at Covington between 2:20 and 3:20 o'clock (Abilene time), also to be broadcast nationally.
He will make shorter talks at Louisville about € 20 o'clock, and at Bowling Green about 8:50 o clock.
In speeches later in Oklahoma and California, political analysts believe the president will make gestures. at least, of friendship for Senators Thomas iD-Oklai and McAdoo <D-CalifL
Queries Posed For Candidates
WASHINGTON. July 7—<T>)— Chairman Sheppard (D-Tex) said today the senate campaign expenditures committee may subjoena any candidate who fails to answer nine questions embodied in a questionnaire completed today.
The questions*.^ designed to determine, among other things, whether public or private funds are used to swing elections.
The questionnaires will be mailed to senate candidates.
The nine questions posed to the candidates follow:
1. Have you received from any source any contribution, gift, service. or any thing else of value, in behalf of your nomination or election to the senate of the United States from the state of Texas in the primary’ or convention or election of 1938?
2. Has any person, with your knowledge and consent, received and contribution, gift, service, or anything else of value, in behalf of your nomination or election to the senate of the United States from the state of Texas in the primary or convention or election of 1938?
3. What expenditures or disbursements have you made in behalf of
See EXPENSES, Pg. 3, Col. 5