Abilene Reporter News (Newspaper) - July 12, 1938, Abilene, Texas
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ABILENE, TEXAS. TUESDAY MORNING, JULY 12, 1938.
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ADDRESSING 100,000 IN AMARILLOFDR Names Allred Federal Judge, Speaks In Rain
Downfall Fails To Dim Ardor For Plains Talk
Best Crowd Of His Tour Hears Farm Discussion
Former College Grid Player In Abilene Held In Los Angeles Confidence Game
LOS ANGELES. July ll—(AP)
—Prom a weird tangle of high finance, which officers said involved $50,000 in promissory notes to which the name of motion picture producer Louis B. Mayer was forged, $600 was recovered today.
Horse racing, the stock mar- ■ ket and expensive trips to New York took the rest, district attorney’s Investigator John Klein said he was told by George Donald Smart, sound recorder
and accused ‘ brains'* of the | strange case.
Unwarranted use by Smart of the names of such film notables I as Charles Laughton, Nelson Eddy and Jeanette MacDonald was disclosed in the lnvestiga- ] tion, as officers probed a chain of pyramided notes’* which they said were forged with Mayer’s signature, larger each time to “cover” one previously issued and net the maker a profit.
Bv WILLIAM B ARDERY
AMARILLO. July ll —c—Presi- ( —
ss r;: v *et» tx:, unworried by wheel mishap—
Judge today, and at dusk spoke in a pelting rain storm about water conservation and crop control.
While the chief executive railroaded toward Amarillo for the
The profit, which Klein said Smart told him had reached $30 000 when authorities finally took him Into custody, might have gone as high as $100,000 if pending "deals” had been consumated, district attorney’s representatives reported Booked with Smart in the county Jail on suspicion of forgery, grand theft and conspiracy is Layne Britton. 30, studio makeup artist who, investigators
quoted Smart as declaring was
simply an unwitting tool of his maneuvers. Britton at one time is saw to have impersonated Meyer s voice over the telephone, but thought it was a
((.ayne “Shotgun” Britton was known In West Texas «s a football player. He starred In the backfield for Stephenville high sr boo I In 1927, and later played with the Simmons Cow
boys He has been in California ■even or eight years.)
Smart's plan, officers declared, was to announce that he was dealing, in Maver's name, for clauses on stars’ contracts which would sever their connections with Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer when and if Mayer retired. Smart was quoted as explaining .secrecy was necessary so that Mayer's name would not be drawn into the deal.
AMARILLO. Julv ll — (AP) — Newsmen making the trip with President Roosevelt said the crowd at Amarillo today was the largest to greet Roosevelt since he was in Kenturky and as large as any to greet him on his westward trip.
Local and state police estimated the crowd at between 175,-000 and 700.000. or about 15,000 to 25,000 more than jammed the streets for the mother-in-law day celebration here March 9, when Mrs. Roosevelt was the guest of honor.
Hughes Speeds Above Clouds To Moscow
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Gear Dangles (After Takeoff
PRESIDENT ANNOUNCES POLICY OF APPOINTING YOUNGER MEN IN NAMING GOVERNOR JURIST
Chief Executive Says People's Efforts To Improve Federal Judiciary Success
WICHITA FALLS. July ll—iJPr—President Roosevelt announced today a policy of appointing younger men to Judicial posts and then, before a Wichita Fails station crowd named James V Mired, Texas 38-year-old governor a federal district judge
The chief executive handed Allred his official commission while the two stood on the rear platform of Roosevelts special train, Tile dramatic announcement came as a complete surprise
Speaking beneath a blazing sun, the president said with a smile that he had been accused of "making or breaking" precedents.
“Now I am about to create another precedent," he continued, adding his announcement about the ap- I
third major address of his cross-countrv tour, a light rain started. Previously, Roosevelt had traveled through clear, baking hot weather \% the president traveled 24 blocks in an open car from the Amarillo station to Ellwood park for his address, the rain increased in intensity. When Roosevelt mounted the speakers platform it was driving down. TALKS FARM PROGRAM The president smiled and told his farm-mmded audience “we nerd a greater permanency and grea’er annual security for those who use th'' soil.”
The administration crop control program, he said, was drafted to apply “common sense business principles to the business of farming and cattle raiding”
Roosevelt’s listeners were more happy than annoyed bv the whipping rain. Citizens said it was one of the hardest of recent year*, and that it was needed.
The crowd, estimated bv police at more than 100.000 was said by parties on the train to have been the largest since the president was in Kentucky.
Three times the president provoked cheers with references to the storm
“I think this little shower that we’ve had is a mightv good omen,” the chief executive said at the conclusion of his address.
Previously, he said that more and more is being learned about the best
See SPEECH, Pg IO, Col. 7.
Quaker State Probe Of Politics Ordered
HARRISBURG. Pa . July ll.—(ZP) —Judge Paul N. Schaeffer today ordered the Dauphin county grand jury to start an investigation August 8 of charges of political graft against Gov. George H. Earle and 13 of his associates.
“There is reasonable cause,” Judge Schaeffer said, "to believe that an investigation of the charges made will disclose some criminal misconduct x x affecting the public business.”
Lieut. Thomas A. Thurlow, navigator, is shown atop Howard Hughes’ specially built transport plane at New York * » *
as he compensated the compass whii* the plane was being prepared for a takeoff on a trans
atlantic flight. The hop to Paris was the first leg of a round the world flight-
OCEANRKCOBD LAUNCHES EVA INVESTIGATION
NEW YORK. July ll—(A*-Five men who beat Lindbergh’s time on
a non-stpp flight from New York to Paris today were;
Tall, gangling and shy. Howard Hughes in 34 years has made several million dollars on movies, operated his father’s oil-well drill factory and set several records for fast flying Extremely nervous, he Is slightly deaf and is one of Americas most careless die »sers. He attended four schools and was graduated from none of them.
He calls himself a “sportsman -aviator,” but his scientific study of flying ranks him near the top. He
drinks moderately, b u t never amCng the TV A representatives on smokes, and plays golf with a han-, tjir trip.
Chairman Donahey Says Probers Talked Only Questions Of Policy'
KNOXVILLE. Tern Julv ll.—'J’ A congressional committee officially launched an investigation of the Tenpessee Valley authority in a three-hour executive session todav at which Chairman Vie Donahey iD-Ohio) said only “questions of policy” were discussed.
"Our meeting was formulative altogether," Donahey declared.
He said he did not know wha? procedure would be followed at the open hearings, which he said would begin "in the near future ”
"Thase matters will be determined later" he said, “possibly at another
meeting of the committee here next — - - ------
TOUR STARTS TODAY
• Tomorrow, the group will begin an 800-mile tour of the valley. TV A Chairman Harcourt A. Morgan and Director David E. Lilienthal will be
Texas Sportsman Expects Hop To Take Seven Hours
NEW YOR.K. Julv 12—'Tuesday! — (Ab — Howard Hughes' flight headquarters predicted today the millionnaire sportsman would land his giant .silver monoplane at Moscow between 130 and 2:00 am 'Abilene time)
Manager Al Lodwirk said he expected the flier* to refuel immediately for a quick get-a-way over Siberia He expected them to take an easterly course out of Moscow rather than the southern route used by O’her fliers.
NEW YORK Julv 11 —'A*'—Howard Hughes reported by radio at 12: -15 o'cloc, tonight 'Abilene timet I that he was flying high over ice-I forming clouds in Central Eurqpe and indicated he was unconcerned over reports that his landing gear was damaged in taking off from
I Paris for Moscow.
“8ure.” he told an interviewer in the message* rebroadcast from Berlin. "we are all right as far as we can see here.
HE EXPRESSES CONCERN
"But we are worried about these rumors we have been hearing from Paris—" his voice faded out here but radiomen said he later explained that he believed the retractable wheels were in order.
An instrument would show whether they were properly in place.
At the time of the broadcast Hughes’ headquarters figured the globe-girdling party was 608 miles from Paris and slightly less than
There were two interpretations of Roosevelt'* remark about creating a precedent. One was that the appointment would be followed by the naming of other young men to Judicial posts. The other interpretation was that the president was starting a precedent by apposing a man outside a court district'as a federal Judge.
Allred was named federal Judge for the Southern Texas district, but he does not reside there.
The appointment surprised some Texas politicians because Allred had
AMARILLO, July ll—(AP) — Gov. James V. Allred, appointed todav to the federal bench bv President Roosevelt, said here: “I do not know just when I will deride whether to serve out rnv term as governor. It will be after the primaries before I decide."
Allred wa* appointed federal judge of the newly created South Texas district which includes a total of 44 counties.
“I still am so thrilled over the appointment that I have not really had a chance to think x x a." Allred said
Mann Bids For Abilene Voles
dicap of 2 When he was 18 he inherited $17,000,000. and he has been addins to it ever since Hughes wa.* born in Houston.
Kit Ii IRO STODDART
Insurgents Move Nearer Valencia
HENDAYE, France 'At the Spanish Frontier), July ll.—(JP\—Insurgent Gen, Garcia Valino's Navar-rese broke through the northwestern flank of the Espadan mountains today within sight of Segorbe.
Spanish government advices admitted the enemy was "progressing’’ in the offensive directed toward Valencia but said the advance was “at the cost of heavy losses."
Senator Donahey said last week he favored calling Chairman Morgan, Lilienthal and Dr. A. E. Morgan, deposed chairman, as the first witnesses so they might “lay their Richard Stoddard radio engineer cards on the table" foi tile :..gh: is a name of New I: was a dispute between Dr Mor-
\ork City. His education stopped gan on one an(j LUtenthal and with graduation from Newark, N Harcourt Morgan on the other that J., high school. He is 37 and has precipitated the investigation.
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worked as radio operator on ships. planes and land stations.
THOMAS THI BLOW
President Roosevelt demanded Dr. Morgan back up his accusations with facts, and when he refused, Navigator Thomas L. Thurlow, 33, j the president ousted him.
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is a native of Santa Ana, Calif., and a first lieutenant in the army air corps At present he is working on the development of air navigation instruments and is an expert on the subject.
EDWARD LIND Edward Lund, 32, Hughes’s alternate engineer-mechanic, began his career as an auto mechanic at Kalispell, Montana, his native state He became associated with Hughes in 1932 and has held several important jobs in airplane factories. HARRY P. MCLEAN CONNOR A native of Passaic, N. J., Harry P. McLean Conner, 38, learned navigation as a seaman. He holds a master’s license, and served as navigator for Roger Q Williams in 1929 and 1930. Conner gave up avi-
Dr. Morgan filed suit last week asking reinstatement with back pay.
All the committee members were present today except Sen. H. H. Schwartz tD-Wyo), who was expected later in the week.
Second Meeting Of Fair Board Called
Gerald C. Mann, candidate for attorney general, invited Abilene voters to support him in a talk on the federal lawn Monday night.
Speaking briefly, Mann outlined his aims as attorney general after announcing that "no one solicited me to make this race—I made up my own mind. ’
"We need to quit playing politics and began seriously and studiously considering the real problems of government," said Mann. "We need to give less attention to the next election and more attention to the governmental problem at hand. We should think less about the next election and more about the next generation."
Cross Plains Holds Reunion
Candidates Speak To Biggest Crowd In Picnic's History
Bv HARRY HOLT Reporter-Nrw* Staff Writer
CROSS PLAINS July ll—This southeastern Callahan county town of multiple industries was host today to the largest crowd ever to attend the annual picnic and old-settlers reunion, which this year Is the 57th consecutive celebration Opening the first of a two-day event was the downtown parade this morning, led by the Cross Plains municipal band. Commercial floats and reproductions of old western scenes were featured. Pioneer* took an active part in the parade and foremost among this group aas Mr*. J.
C. McDermott, 75, who rode an old-fashioned side saddle. She Is one of the early settlers of Pioneer county and her sons are among the leading ranchers of Callahan county.
Charles Bar. a resident of the county 58 years and Davis Montgomery. who has been here more than half a century, manned a
"""rz .T"'.'I hack of frontier-day style that drew
IOO miles east of DeuUch-Krone,. h POmmPnf
NEW YORK. July ll— — Howard Hughes' flight headquarters here announced an itinerary tonight which indicated he might be hack in New York Thursday night or early Friday. Figured roughly, he was experted to he in the air between 60 and 65 hours and on the ground another IO to 15, barring mishaps.
After reaching Moscow, Hughes wa* expected to make a 2.281 -mile hop to Krasnoyarsk, Siberia. Other flights listed were to Yakutsk. Siberia, 1,277 mile*, then to Fairbank.*. Alaska. %* 456 miles, and then 3,380 miles to New York.
"We have picked up quite a bit of speed and estimate we are making 220 miles per hour,” Hughes said by radio.
"We are flying at 17 300 feet and coming down now to a lower altitude.
, “We have been on top of a solid Mann pledged hnnsef! to admin- j 0f clouds and we haven t seen
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Committee chairmen of the West Texas Fair association have been called into another session, to be held at 3 o’clock this afternoon, by President D. H. Jefferies.
Committee chairmen met for a brief discussion of plans Monday morning, and the second session was called in an effort to get a greater attendance. Those present Monday were
Austin, J. E sea- Grissom Walter Jarrett. D. H. Jefferies and T. N. Carswell.
ister hie office according to his standards of justice and fairness, regardless of the political result, “I’d rather be a one-termer than a two-timer," he avowed.
Mann was introduced by Joe Humphrey. Abilene high school government teacher. Earlier Monday he had appeared in Weatherford and Olney. Today he will talk in Cisco. Ranger. Eastland. Brownwood, (Coleman. Ballinger and, tonight. San Angelo.
lance Those present u •• Al Ii*
J?:kr?uT°.ns. “djf Martin Uldtimers To Reunite Today
the ground since we left Paris.
Tire broadcast just before midnight was relayed to the United States by the Columbia Broadcasting system.
Earlier in the evening, soon after the Paris takeoff, the National Broadcasting company contacted the plane. Radio Engineer Richard Stoddart reported "evervbodv is all right."
DOUBT WHEEL HIRT
Stoddart said the plane was going 120 miles an hour at an altitude df 16.000 feet but that how soon they would react, Moscow was still
See HUGHES, Pf. IO. Col. 5.
As M'Craw Accepts Gauge—
O DANIEL ANSWERS OPPONENTS' ATTACKS
By Tho Associated Press
W Lee O’Daniel. candidate for governor who has been dealt many a verbal Jolt lately by some of his opponents, began talking back Monday.
Meanwhile, Tom Hunter was hitting nt “ring control” in a radio ipeech. Karl Crowley at Paris promised to work for Texas farmers, md Ernest Thompson at Amarillo was do oi King a poUtitai speech
STANTON, July ll—Old r 'triers of Martin county will gather on the lawn of the court house here Tuesday evening at 6 o’clock for their annual old settlers* reunion and basket supper
John F. Hardaway Thought Near Death
but was selected to introduce President Roosevelt.
O’Daniel’s Dallas headquarters announced he would make a speech entitled “the professional politician" and dedicate it to McCraw Tuesday at Gonzales. McCraw has been referring to O’Daniel in recent speeches as "that fellow from Ohio" and has been accusing him of ignorance of Texas history and affairs In reply to thai, O Daniel at Smith
ville said “names of Ohioans shine with luster through the pages of Texas history.” He cited about a dozen
McCraw at Brownwood said he was "high pleased" over the prospects of a go-around with O’Daniel "If any candidate wants to match a fight with me I’ll take him on.” McCraw said. "In fact. I will tell the
See CANDIDATES, Pg. IO, Col. 8. been prepared.
Little hope was held last night for the recovery of John F Hardaway, vice-president and general manager of the West Texas Cotton-All residents of the county who oU company, said relatives Harda-
have lived here for 20 years or more wav has been critically ill the past
have been issued special invitations, w*ek, and in poor health for a pe-
A record crowd is anticipated i J** of two years or longer He is at
, . . . . ,, . ,noA his home, 2231 South Eighth street
Ihc first reunion was ,ieid in 1930 parents> Mr and Mrs. J. M.
on the lawn of a private home, with Hardaway of Terrell, have been
about 250 attending Since that time hPrp slnCf hls return from thp
it has been an annual affair , Mayo clinic in Rochester, Minn.. Curry, T. S Ross and Wayne C.
Judge Turner Vance of Refugio three weeks ago. Yesterday a sis- Sellers, candidates for state tepre-
will preside as master of ceremonies ter. Elizabeth Hardaway, arrived sedative; Pierce Brooks and George
and an entertainment program has from Fresno, Calif, to be at the A Davisson, candidates for lieuten-
RODEO FOR AMATEURS
Afternoon attractions were at the shaded picnic grounds on bank of Turkev (reek Political speeches were made by William McCraw, candidate for governor; Alton M I Mead, candidate for lieutenant-: governor; Frank Morris, candidate for railroad commissioner; and Clarence R Miller, candidate for governor Paul Hair, local attar-1 ney, was in charge of the speak-j tog.
Old-time fiddlers took their fling I on the program tonight when a square dance was held. The carnival was also one of the attractions.
The rodeo—strictly for amateurs —drew only a minimum of interest In the arena surrounded by cotton bagging. Walter Preston won the calf roping In 28 seconds. Ivan
Spinks of Abilene, carrying a five- FROM PANHANDLE second penalty, was second with time of 29 seconds and Henry Wilks was third in 31 1-2 seconds.
PKO ROPERS BARRED
H. McDermott, local first in the wild cow test with 27 seconds. Leo Huff of Dora was second in 29 seconds and third went to Spinks, 30 seconds.
Several good calf ropers were on 11. „ J" for*
hand, but were not entered since - Thompson- candidate for governor.
not been recommended by either Tom Connelly or Morris 8heppard. the Lone Star state senator*.
Informed persons said Connelly had suggested Walton D Taylor of Houston for the appointment, and Sheppard had recommended Brantley Harris of Galveston In his talk the president reiterated his previously-expressed view that “the effort* of the people of this country to Improve our federal Judicial system have succeeded ” "Our principal objectives for the improvement of justice are on the way to be fully attained," he added, continuing;
"In line with these purposes I am seeking, wherever it is possible, to nominate younger men to positions on the federal bench.
“That thought coupled with his fine record has led me to offer the position of United States district judge for the Southern district of Tevas rn James V. Allred, governor of Texas."
The president described Allred as "a cUizen of the whole state” and added that he "ha* established an equitable record for fearlessness, honesty and good administration."
Respondmc, Allred told the crowd that "from the bottom of my heart I want to thank the president for this great honor ”
When he announced Allred .* appointment, the chief said with a smile:
"Governor, step forward. I hand you herewith your official appointment.” The crowd applauded as the commission was handed over.
Expect Resignation Of Allred In Fall
AUSTIN. July ll——Governor James V. Allred probably will resign early this fall after the democratic primary elections, friends said here today. j
Immediately after announcement bv President Roosevelt of the governor’s appointment as Judge of a new federal court in south Texas. Mired said he did not know whether he would finish his second term as chief executive, but usually well informed sources express opinion he might step out in September.
If he did resign, Lieutenant-Gov- j emor Walter F. Woodul, a candidate for attorney general, would become governor and serve until a man to be elected this summer and fall was I inaugurated in January. Woodul. 45, j is a lawyer of Houston.
Appointments Irk Senators
FD Shuns Advice Of Reactionaries Solons In Choices
WASHINGTON, July ll—.’pi— President Roosevelt appears to be
risking a terrific row at the next session of the senate by pointedly ignoring certain senators in making appointments to high office.
Several recent appointments have been interpreted as outright snubs to anti-court bill senators, notably Bvrd and Glass of Virginia and McCarran of Nevada Traditionally, a senators advice often carries great weight at the White House when a mer.! from his state is being considered for an important federal position—but some recent nominations have been such a.-, to cause senatorial gnashing of teeth.
Whether the nomination todav of Governor Allred of Texas to a federal judgeship would increase the prospects of a senate explosion next January remained to be seen. ALLRED S CHOICE LIKED The answer to this question depended lamely upon the s'titude of Senator Connally 'D-Texas), An opponent of the president’* bills to reorganize both the courts and th# executive branch of the government, he had endorsed Walter D Taylor of Houston for the Judgeship to which Allred was nominated.
Senator Sheppard <D-Texasl who went along with the president on the court reorganization program, also had endorsed another man for the judgeship—his old friend. Attorney Branny Harris of Galveston. But any chance that he would oppose confirmation of Governor All-red appeared eliminated when he told reporters:
“I accept the president's derision. Governor Allred will make an able judge."
Many politicians here believed that Connally also would refrain from opposing confirmation.
Foreign Residents Leave China City
SHANGHAI. July ll. — /ps — All foreigners at Kiukiang were reported evacuated today as severe fighting surged within 14 miles of the important Yangtze port and Chinese threatened to apply their scorched earth tactics by destroying buildings of use to the invaders.
The evacuation was carried out by the British gunboat Cockchafer and the steamer Wenchow which, with the United States gunboat Mott ocacy, were said to have steamed eight miles upstream outside the immediate danger zone.
Kiukiang is 135 miles down the Yangtze from Hankow, provisional Chinese capital, the goal of the Japanese
HPC Dean And Wife Parents Of Girl
A daughter was born at 9:34 last night in Hendrick Memorial hospital to Mr. and Mrs. Z T. Huff of Brownwood.
Mr. Huff is dean of Howard Payne college, and Mrs. Huff is the former Jane Stinson, daughter of Mr. and I Mrs. J. P. Stinson The baby is the I only grandchild of the Stinsons.
Clint Small, Stumping For Thompson, (SE™ .r To Speak Tonight On Postoffice Lawn
T * Uuff Af ■ mr
Sen. Clint Small of Amarillo, on a stumping tour for Ernest O.
they were termed professionals. Ruben Knight and Homer Johnson are in charge.
Speakers on the Tuesday program, beginning at IO a. m are Gerald Mann. Robert Calvert and Ralph Yarbrough, candidates for attorney general; Omar Burkett, E. M. (Ed)
will speak in Abilene tonight at 8:30 o'clock on the federal lawn in behalf of the railroad commissioner's campaign.
Senator Small speaks today at 6 p. rn *n Cisco, and will arrive here shortly afterward. Preceding his talk, the Abilene high school Eagle band will play a concert from 7:45 to 8:30 p. rn.
In the absence of E M. Overshiner. chairman of the Taylor county forces supporting Thompson I for governor, J. C. Hunter, presi
dent of the Abilene chamber of commerce, will preside and Tom K. Eplen will introduce the Panhandle senator.
The talk will be broadcast over radio station KRBC from 8:30 to 9 o'clock.
From Abilene. Senator Small goes to Sweetwater where he will speak again Wednesday afternoon, and thence to Big Spring for an ikidress Wednesday night.
Senator Small has been an active supporter of West Texas oil interests in the legislature and also hails from Thompson's home town.