Abilene Reporter News (Newspaper) - July 13, 1938, Abilene, Texas
VOL. LYU I, NO. 45.
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PRICE 5 CENTSSUSPECT HELD AFTER CONFESSING MATTSON Kl
ENDORSED BY PRESIDENT
Thomas Has Sooner Lead
Murray Trails Leon Phillips
Court Custom Expected To Hide Name Of Countess Babs' 'Society Gentleman'
Smith Is Second,
Marland Third In Vote For Senator
OKLAHOMA CITY, July 12 (AP)—Sen. Elmer Thomas, called “my old friend" byv President Roosevelt, maintained a steady lead tonight in his race for renomination on the basis of scattered primary returns.
Hp pulled away from Rep Gomer Smith, who voted agalma the president * reorganization bill, and E W, Marland, New Deal governor.
Eight hundred thirty of the state’s 3.523 precincts gave Thomas 39.342;
Smith 28.986; and Marland. 18 639. j Leon C. Phillips, cigar-chewing Okemah legislator and New Deal supporter, ran ahead of four major i rivals m the race for the democratic nomination for governor.
In second place wa* former Gov. W. H. “Alfalfa nill’* Murray, referred to Inferentially by Roosevelt as “nationally known a* a republican.’*
Murray replied with an attack on ADAMS KT SIDE what he termed "carpetbaggkTO" I ' The president had nothing to say and a n-Marahon that if the gov- about. Colorado* democratic sena-emorship was appointive, he didn t torial primary, in which the lncum-waju bent, Alva B. Adams, is opposed by
W. S. Key. former s’ate WPA Judge Benjamin C Hilliard of the administrator, who based his cam- Colorado supreme court, paign on thorough cooperation with Adams stood on the side of the the Roosevelt administration, was president during the speech from running third in the governors the rear platform of Roosevelt's r*ce- special train. Senator Johnson (D-
Returns from 830 precincts gave j Colo.) stood on the other. Hilliard Phillips 31.590; Murray, 28.399; Rev was in Kansas at the bedside of a 27 301; Former Gov. Jack Walton. I brother.
8.729: and Ira Finley president of j Roosevelt’s silence on politics.
T® y?^rans Industry of Amer- pven though he was speaking in
Senator Adams* home town, left
Colorado as one of but few states
through which he had passed without intimating preference in democratic primaries.
CITES ARKANSAS RIVER Governor Teller Ammons introduced the president at Pueblo.
The president took occasion dur*
LONDON. July 12.—(A*'—English court custom is expected to keep off the record the name of the "gentleman in London” figuring in matrimonial troubles of the former Barbara Hutton,
Count Court Haugwitz-Reventlow. the Woolworth heiress' Danish husband, prepared to take his side of the dispute into Bow street police court tomorrow, but whether he would take the stand to defend himself against a charge that he had threatened his wife was uncertain.
Despite Mayfair's curiosity aud speculation, few believed he would go so far as to name the man he was represented in testimony as wanting to “shoot like a dog.” The accusation was made by the countess’ lawyers, who said the count demanded tearfully in an interview whether his wife would marry the “Gentleman In London” lf she got a divorce.
The sole issue before the court was whether the count had threatened his wife. In such cases, lawyers tend to avoid naming third persons not directly involved.
NO PREFERENCE DECLARED BY FDR IN COLORADO RACE
Excellence Of US Government, Need Of National Planning Pueblo Topics
Bv WILLIAM B. ARDERY ABOARD PRESIDENT ROOSEVELTS TRAIN EN ROUTE TO SAN FRANCISCO, July 12—UT—-President Roosevelt drew cheers from a Pueblo. Colo., crowd today with a statement “We don't want and are not going to copy other forms of government. Ours is good enough for us.” Roosevelt made the assertion after saying he thought that if states could work out their problems on the "common meeting ground” of the
federal government it would mean I -- j
"we can make democracy work.”
Veteran Albany Attorney Buried
Samuel C. Coffee, 70, Dies In Midst Of His Campaign
ALBANY. July 13—(Spl>—Funeral for Samuel Creed Coffee, 70. county attorney of Shackelford county and a resident of Albany for 29 years, was held at the First Baptist church Tuesday afternoon.
Mr Coffee died rn the Stamford hospital Monday afternoon after an illness of five days.
FORMER BROWN JUDGE
The Rev W. M. Joslln, pastor of Ing his speech to mention that he thr church, officiated for the fun-discussed problems of water con- j eral with assistance of the Rev.
Flow Increases Throckmorton Well Estimate
Wildcat's Potential Is Estimated Up To 10,000 Bbls. Daily
THROCKMORTON, July 12—Increased rate of flow in the discovery well of southwestern Throckmorton county’s first deep oil pool today boosted estimates of its probable potential to between 5.000 and 10.000 barreL* daily.
The wildcat, Jones Se Stasney and Groover Si Rose No. I Charles T. i Brockman, about 18 miles southwest of here, was opened for its second flow today and blew oil high over the 60-foot spudder mast under an Increased gas pressure It was held open 15 minutes and again shut in
GAS BRESSI RE HIGH
A V Jones, member of the firm of Jones Si Stasney, Albany operators ana geologist who are re- j sponsible for the discovery, said he believed the well was as large as or larger than any completed in the northeastern Jones county Avoca field.
Jones Se Stasney also are credited with geological work which led to the discovery of that pool a year ago.
He estimated ga* at between .
8.000,000 and 10,000.000 ruble feet per day, but said no pressure test had been taken. Frost appeared on the casing-head when the well was opened, so great was the pressure.
Two 200-barrel tank* had been erected at the well today but the flow was not turned Into storage because connections had not been completed. Lines were being completed late today, and two more 500-barrel tanks had been ordered. They will be set up Wednesday for preliminary testing of the well through open casing flow Determination of the pay horizon, taken from 4,703 to 4,706 1-3 feet.
•Sec WILDCAT, Tg. 12. Col. 4
IT LL BE 'YOUR HONOR' BEFORE MANY MOONS
Gov. James V. Allred (right) is shown as he was commissioned Monday by President Roosevelt as Judge of the fed
eral court of the southern district of Texas. Ti e president selected Wichita Falls, former residence of the governor, to
make the announcement as both spoke from the chief executives train,
(Associated Press photo )
DAY AHEAD OF POST'S RECORD-
Hughes Nearing Yakutsk
Alaska Is Goal
GOP VOTE LIGHT
The eight democratic congressmen seeking renomination were leading their opponents on the basis of early returns.
In the fifth district, where Gomer Smith left the field wide open throten his decision to make the senate race. T. Bone McDonald.
Edmondson conservationist, paced
Mike Monroney, Oklahoma City , _ ... ... - ___. „ _—
business man, and Merle G Smith seT%A^on Governor Ammon*, i j w. Shepherd, pastor
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In the republican primary voting was light and the endorsements given by a state "grassroots'’ convention were proving effective.
The election was expected to give President Roosevelt a speedy answer to his speech delivered here Saturday.
Small Assails Mudslinging'
A crowd of between 1.500 and 2.000 persons last night heard Sen. Clint Small of Amarillo, speaking on the federal lawn in behalf of Ernest O. Thompson's candidacy for governor, say that the railroad commissioner's campaign would be conducted with decency and without political mudslinging which has cropped rut recently in the heat of the race.
“Ifs not whether you can croon a song, pick a banjo, slap a back or tell a funny story that proves your qualifications for the office,’ the Panhandle legislator said. “The governor’s race should be kept on a higher plane.”
CALLS MCCRAW ‘CLOWN’ Senator Small pointed out that “both McCraw and O'Daniel are good showmen.”
“But I’m not in the show business,” he continued, "and neither is the state of Texas.
“Now Bill—I'm sure some of you have heard of Bill McCraw—is one of the best backslappers and handshakers in the state. He .started out to go into the governor's office as a clown and a showman.
“But a fellow down here In Waco started a show of his own
See SMALL. Bg. 12, Col. 2
During his talk. Roosevelt took Methodist church, and the Rev. J.
the Arkansas river as an example
of a stream which presented a national problem and thus called for national planning
Many people Sn the east, the president said, are surprised when they learn that the river begins west of Pueblo and runs hundreds of miles or more before reaching the Mississippi.
“The river is not just the problem of one state,” or one community, Roosevelt continued. It calls for national planning. This planning should include flood control irrigation and power development.” he added.
Bedpost Notches Flood Safeguard
NEBRASKA CITY. Neb . July 12.—(^—Notches in the night may save Turkey Paxton and his son. George, from a watery grave in the flood-swollen Missouri river.
They continue to live in their home across the river from here, although the muddy water is swirling through the house. They check the stream's rise by a series of notches cut in a leg of their bed, and during the night count the notches above water.
Should the water reach the topmost notch, they plan a hurried exit.
One More Fish
JAMESTOWN, N. Y„ July 12 - V —“I’d like to catch one more fish before I give up this sport,” Axel William Johnson. 80, said today as he started on a fishing trip. A little while later he landed a 10-pound muskellunge and then dropped dead of a heart attack
A. Owen, pastor of Matthews Memorial Presbyterian church
Mr. Coffer was born May 26. 1868. a? Bonham He moved to Brownwood with his parents while young, and was graduated from Ragsdale college there He married Elizabeth C Keen at Brownwood June 6, 1893. Licensed to practice law when 26 years old, he had served as county Judge of Brown county for four consecutive terms.
Late in 1909 he moved to Albany.
and had served as county attorney at intervals for 14 years. He was candidate for reelection, without opposition, in the approaching primary.
Mr. Coffee was a member of the Woodmen of the World and the
BURY AT BROWNWOOD
Survivors include his wife. Elizabeth C. Coffee; two sons, Dick Coffee of Hereford, and John Coffee of Big Spring; four daughters. Mrs Light mu A. Burns of El Paso. Mrs. William E. Key of Mineral Wells,
See COFFEE. Pg 12. C ol. 3
King George Able To Sit Up In Bed
WINDSOR, .England, July 12—UP) —King George VI, sufficiently recovered from a sudden attack of gastric influenza to sign state papers in bed, sent Queen Elizabeth to London today to take his place at a presentation party rn Buckingham palace.
The monarch was on a strict fluid diet and was forbidden to see visitors Propped up in bed with pillows, however, he telephoned Queen Mother Mary, his brother, the Duke of Kent, and other members of the royal family and conducted some alate business
Of Next Hop
Americans Flying On Second Half Of Globe Girdler
1 NEW YORK, July 12.—m—Howard Hughes' plane, racing around the world, reported by radio relayed to flight headquarters tonight that it expected to land at Yakutsk. Siberia, at 4 20 a. rn. (Abilene time), ll hours 43 minutes after the take-off at Omsk on the fourth leg of the journey.
Hughes reported “crew and machine in perfect condition.”
LAST SOVIET STOB Hughes and his four ’round the world flight companions roared into the Siberian dawfi from Omak. Siberia, at 4:37 p. rn. Tuesdav (Abilene timet on the second half of their globe-girdling flight.
They still were almost a day ahead of the 1933 flight schedule of the late Wiley Post, who circled the world in seven days, 18 hours and 49 minutes.
Remote Yakutsk, on the Lena river which empties into the Arctic ocean, is the last Soviet stop Hughes has scheduled on his dash around the world.
From there he plans to soar mobile dealers stocks, helped along over ^e tumbled mountain ranges the new wave of optimism in Wall i
street Sec HUGHES. Pg. 12, ( oL 3
Market Swings Up With Brisk Buying
NEW YORK. July 12 -up) The stock market cast off its hesitancy of the past several days today with an abrupt upswing, accompanied by brisk advances in grains and several other speculative commodities
Active buying swept through the market during the afternoon, boosting many leading shares $1 to more than $4 a share, as trading again reached a pace that delayed the quotation ticker.
Steels, motors, and miscellaneous Industrials were in demand. W’all street gossip was again active over the steel wage situation, but reliable source* said tha' while U. S. Steel had informally discussed the matter with labor leaders, no formal move looking toward a cut had been made.
Strength of commodity markets, together with the quick pickup in steel production after the Independence Day week shutdowns, and reports of a sharp reduction in auto-
TICKET SALE BRISK-
Festive Coleman Ready For Opening Of Annual Four-Day Rodeo, Reunion
COLEMAN. July 12<Spl • —Flags performers through the and bunting fluttered on Coleman's, section at 5 o'clock will announce
main streets today as holiday fever ^ h u u ^ prompt.
reached a peak on the eve of the 1 ,
opening performance of the third IW at ft o'clock, consisting of the
annual rodeo Wednesday night. grand entry, bronc riding, lntroduc-
Reserve seats for the first night tion of sponsors, special boys’ event, demonstration for McNutt for presi-
were selling like hot cakes, accord-1 wild cow belling, ladies' flag race, dent and sdopted a platform offer-
BROTHERS JOIN AFTER 55-YEAR SEPARATION
COLORADO. July 12—(Spl) More than half a century ago— 55 years, to be exact —a group of orphaned brothers and sisters said goodbye to each other in Lexington. Tenn. They were divided among widely-separated relatives following the deaths of their parents.
A few days ago the two remaining children of that familv, two brothers, saw each other in Mitchell county for the first time since that long-a.<?o separation. The reunion came when M. D. Hart, 60, of Lexington, Journeyed west of the Mississippi for the first time In his life. He came to visit S. H. Hart, 73, Valley View farmer in Mitchell county. The latter has been In Mitchell county 37 years.
Van Nuys Wins Renomination
INDIANAPOLIS. July 12— T -Without a murmur of opposition, the democratic state convention today renominated Sen. Frederick Van Nuys. fighting foe of some New Deal measures, who until a week ago had planned to wage an independent campaign for re-election Thus was completed a rapprochement—in which figured Paul V. McNutt s 1940 presidential chances — between Van Nuys and the party’s Indiana organization, headed by Gov. M. Clifford Townsend.
Not a ripple of dissent was heard as Senator Van Nuys, estranged from the McNutt-Townsend organization for many months, was declared renominated by acclamation. Tile convention staged a riotous
ing to Sam T. Cobb, head of the rodeo association, indicating a crowd of at least 5.000 would be In the stands. Thr rodeo will last through Saturday night.
Members of the Coleman County Pioneers’ association will meet in
calf roping, steer riding and matched calf roping. The latter event—expected to prove one of the most interesting—pits Jack Sellers of Del Rio against Clyde Burk of Comanche. Okla, with the championship of Texas and Oklahoma at
ing the former governor, now high commissioner to the Philippines, as a presidential nominee with whom “our party can proceed with full consciousness that every promise will be kept ”
annual reunion all day Wednesday! stake. at the Camp Colorado replica in Seven new sponsors have entered City park. L. E. Collins of Coleman, that contest, bringing the total to president, will be in charge. The j 21. Late entrants are Curly Seale
Two Break Jail
day's program, beginning at 9 O’- Baird; Martha Louise Nichols. j David Ash and J. V- Russell of Ama-
clock, features an address by Cong.! Byrds; Loreta Mae Shuler, Brady; rillo, escaped Jail here today by
Charles I, South of Coleman at ll Mrs. Sam Windham, Rising Star; crawling through a ventilator. They o’clock. Two hundred old-timers are Anna Lee Spires, San Angelo; Selma were arrested July 3 and pleaded inexpected. Swenson. Stamford, and Mrs. J. T Decent to a charge of robbing an
A parade of sponsors and rodeo. Taylor, Loraine. j ice plant cash register.
Hereford Tour Taken By 200
Cattlemen Inspect Eight Herds; Hit Road Again Today
Bv HARRY HOLT
Approximately 200persons—mostly cattlemen—swmng across Shackelford. Callahan and Taylor counties yesterday, visiting eight Hereford herds to open the third of a series of tours sponsored by the Texas Hereford Breeders association.
The motorcade' composed of representatives from aU points of the state, zig-zagged through a wonderful area, glistening in rich summer grass that is interrupted in Shackelford only by oil wells and dotted with farm* In the other two. CATTLE IN GOOD SHAFE Smiles on tanned faces of the ranchmen—owners of both registered and commercial herds—were a- bright as the dav's sun because of the brilliant outlook for the industry. Considering ail things, perhaps the cattle business is better balanced than in years.
During the rounds, one commission man offered seven cents per pound for heifer calves and eight cents for steers on a string of 500 head. The owner grinned and expressed thank* for the offer, but declined. Many are of the opinion contracting nill open at that figure. Others believe it will be higher. Anyway, it was pleasing
See CATTLE TOl'R. Pg. 12, Col. 6
Delay Presentation Of FSA Checks
A program for the presentation of farm tenantry purchase check* to have been held in Anson today haa been postponed, Clarence 8ymes, Taylor and Jones counties rural supervisor, announced Tuesdav,
The postponement was made because of the death of Laura Neale Love, associate regional director of the farm security administration. She was killed in an automobile accident at Ferris Monday She was scheduled to appear on the program. which would have been sponsored by the Anson Lions club and chamber of commerce Byrnes said the program would probably be held later. The checks were to be given to six Jones county farmers for the purchase of farms, under a long-time payment plan.
Officers Find Story, Fads fail To Jibe
Another Released After Questioning; No Charges Filed
TACOMA, Wash , July 12— (AP) — A man who State Patrol Chief William Cole said confessed the Mattson kidnap-slayingf of 1936, was held tonight by authorities who reported the confession did not tally with all known facts in the case.
The man, identified by Cole as Frank Olson, 32, arrested at Ritzville, Wash , yesterday, was held in a downtown hotel while authorities checked his story in the death of Charles Mattson, IO who was slain by his kidnaper.
R. C. Buran, agent in charge of the Seattle Federal Bureau of Investigation office, hurried here to participate in the questioning of the man, He said he had “no comment” to make as he left Seattle.
Cole said Olsons story involved several other persons, but added it did not check in several details with known faots in the kidnaping I case.
"For that reason.” Cole said, "Olson is being questioned further and is being held without charge.” The patrol chief said several persons mentioned by Cole had produced alibis covering the period of the kidnaping. One man who was detained for investigation was released after some questioning.
Cole said Olson would be held "for several hours, perhaps all night” while Investigation of the case was conducted Mrs. Mattson, reached on tb^ telephone, said her family had had no notification an arrest had been made in the case.
ANOTHER QUIZZED The Post - Intelligence quoted Sheriff Melvin Oestreich of Adams county and Capt. F. H. Morgan of the state patrol, a.* saying Olson surrendered to the sheriff at Ritzville. Wash., yesterday and after questioning said he kidnaped and killed the Mattson boy a year and j ft half ago.
Olson implicated another Ta-eoman, who also was taken into custody after Olson was brought by the officers to Tacoma yesterday.
Cole was quoter' by the Post-Intelligencer as saying every possible confirmation of the confession would be sought before charges would be filed.
' We will be satisfied beyond any
possibility of doubt that Olson is really the Mattson murderer before we surrender him to Snohomish county," Cole was quoted.
The Mattson boy's body, nude and
See CONFESSION, Pf. 12. Col. 4
Order Beer Vote In Runnels July 30
BALLINGER, JUly 12— <Spl> — The commissioners’ court of Runnels county in session Monday ordered an election for Runnels county on July 30 on the question of the sale of beer. Petitions seeking the election had been presented the body. The petitions bore signatures of 471 qualified voters, although only 333 signature* were required.
This will be the third ballot on this question, the last having been taken April 24. 1937. The vote at that time was against permitting the sale of beer within the county.
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Midnight ---- SSM Craw And O Daniel Feud Merrily, Others Campaign Earnestly As Texas Political Heat Mounts
By the Associated Press
W Lee O’Daniel asked yesterday if William C. McCraw's father did not run for office in Texas on the republican ticket, while McCraw demanded proof t.h a t O’Daniel ever had voted the democratic ticket in Texas.
Mentioning the name of an opponent for the first time during his campaign for the gubernatorial
nomination, tha? IVrt Worth flour | manufacturer told a Gonzales I
crowd McCraw was "attempting to rekindle th fires of sectionalism by calling me a Yankee carpetbagger."
“Well, I was not a politician then, nor am I one now. and I did not know any better than to be born in Ohio where my mother happened to be.
“Tell your friends to ask him Avhere his own father was born. I’ve been told it was in another state. By his own rule, the great attorney general is unfit
to be governor. Ask him if his own father hasn't run for office in Texas on the republican ticket."’
O'Daniel cited a list of "contributions" of Ohioans to Texas history, including, he said, representation of the famous ’’Twin Sisters” cannon used by Texans in the war for independence from Mexico.
He said the voters were "g<>ng to spank little Willie."
Speaking at a Dallas picnic, Mc
Craw referred to O'Daniel as "Biscuit Leo” and said “the banjo boy should be able to furnish some references when he applies for the Job.”
“Frankly, folk*, I don't think he ha* any. In fact, I challenge him to tell whether he ever voted the democratic ticket In Texas, and if so, when and where and by whom can he prove it? "We can judge a candidate by his , campaign as well as by his pledge
I What citizen of Texas could for a moment conceive of the great Jim Hogg on the top of a truck with a flour sign on his back, singing Pappy, Please Pass the Biscuit'? What citizen of Texas could conceive of Sam Houston, who served as governor of Texas president of the Republic of Texas and Uunited States senator, answering an inquiry as to some matter of state politics by saying Give em some more music, boys'?”
M^Uraw said he expected O’Daniel, who has been conducting his campaign with the help of his ’’hillbilly” orchestra, to go into the second primary. “Tonight I recognize but one adversary—the silk shirt hillbilly from Fort W’orth,” McCraw? said While McCraw and O'Daniel feuded, other gubernatorial candidates engaged in intensive campaigning
Ernest O. Thompson of Amarillo
I pledged in an address at Lubbock his efforts to create a state com-j mission to regulate utility rates.
“I want to tell you,” he said, “as governor of Texas I am going to sign a bill that will regulate all utilities in Texas.”
Support of Thompson was announced by Robert Lee Bobbitt, j chairman of the state highway commision and former attorney general of Texas in a radio address ■ at San Antonio.
R. D. Renfro stressed his “economy and efficiency” record as mayor of Beaumont in a speech at Austin.
“We Texans," he said, “are not behind with our fiddling—we're behind in efficiency in government.
“The sentiment for the Fort Worth flour man is a grass fire which will burn out. But It seems to have smoke in the
See POLITICS, Pg. 12, Col. 4