Abilene Reporter News (Newspaper) - July 21, 1938, Abilene, Texas
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ABILENE, TEXAS. THURSDAY MORNING, July 21, 1938. -TWELVE PAGES
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British Plane Speeds Across North Atlantic
'Pick-A-Back' Is Blazing Trail For Commercial Hops
MONTREAL, July 21 —(Thur*-dari —(I anadian Press) — The seaplane Mercury reported heading into clear weather 5110 mile* off Botwood, Newfoundland, at 5:44 a m. British summer time today 111:44 p. rn. E.S.T. Wednesday) on her Atlantic crowing from Fovnes, Ireland.
Average *peed of 145 miles an hour waa being: maintained. Altitude was 7.000 feet.
The Were iiry’s officers did not indirate whether the ship would stop at Botwood. and airport of-fIc lab at St. Iluhert airport took it for granted the plane would continue over Newfoundland to Montreal.
FOYNES, Ireland, July 21 — (Thursday) (AP —The unique British pick-a-back .seaplane Mercury, upper half of a composite “two-In-one'* aircraft, was pushing steadily through headwinds over thp Atlantic early today on a 2.000 mile flight to Botwood. Newfoundland •Montreal received a radio message from the Mercury at 7 p. rn, CST. Wednesday saying the plane was 1.000 miles out. or about half way across the ocean, flying through “continuous rains’’ over a “turbulent sea.”*
The comparatively small, heavily-loaded Mercury took off from the back of its parent ship Mala 1.000 feet above the River Shannon here at 8 p. rn . Wednesday. British summer time. «I OO p. rn., C. S. TA and pointed westward for its first transoceanic flight
The two craft had left the water as one. locked together by secret devices.
la the air. Donald C. T. Bennett, ollot of the Mercury said crisply n\ cr the connecting telephone: “ready!'’
Both pilots pulled levers of the secret locking device The planes parted and the Mercury roared toward the setting sun at 8 p. rn. (I p m C ST)
A wireless message received from the Mercury two hours after the takeoff said 300 miles had been covered and that the flight was proceeding “exactly according to schedule **
The four-engined Mercury, carrying a commercia*, cargo, was expected at Botwood, Newfoundland, the first stop in about ll hours. From Botwood the plane is to go to Montreal and then New York.
Major Robert Mayo. technical general manager of Imperial airways and inventor of the unique plane, watched the takeoff.
Mayo designed the plane to eliminate dangers of heavily laden long distance craft taking off under their own power. Launched from the back of the Maia, the Mercury has a longer flying range than the Caledonia, flying boat which crossed the Atlantic on trial spins last summer. It also consumes less fuel.
Hop To Paris?
Ships Like These Will Soon Put Flights To Europe On Everyday Business Basis
By The AP Feature Service
N'EXT summer you may be able to step up to your travel agent and get an airplane ticket to Europe. Because long before Howard Hughes proved how fast you can get there, aviation companies were planning transatlantic flights on a business basis.
Fifty or more survey flights are scheduled this summer and four countries are lining up contenders for the North Atlantic business. On one of the hops, the British Mercury (shown in top picture below) hopped yesterday from England to the United States.
Here ace some of the other planes they are entering:
RIVERS ARE TORRENTS AS-
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As Elections Ram Covers West Texas
Voters Of Texas Glad Campaigns To Be Over Soon
ABILENE 13-YEAR RAIN RECORD
BRITAIN’S ENTRY Ls this famed pick-a-back c: mbination of ’he Imperial Airways. The little plane. Mercury, is launched in mid-air from the big plane. Maia. Such a scheme lessens the danger a heavily-leaded plane faces on the take-off. The Mercury is deigned to carry 2.500 pounds of mail or freight.
THE FRENCH are coun'ing on this 64-pass?nger seaplane. Lieutenant de Vaisseau Paris This Is the ship that turned over in a squall of! Florida two years ago. but its been rebuilt, France, the only interested country that made no survey flights last year, has ordered two 68-ton seaplanes (the Lieutenant weighs 40) for passenger service to New York in 1940
GERMANY usually launches its transatlantic boats by catapult. This is the 16-ton Nord wind, one of the planes with which the Lufthansa expects to conduct weekly experimental flights from Portugal to New York by way of the Azores.
Lightning Never Hits Who Twice?
TX)DGE CITY. Has., July 20 — MF* Willard Crego. 19. Is a living contradiction to the old saying about lightning never striking twice in the same place.
Several months ago Crego was struck by lightning while walking on a street in Minneola. Kas. He was stunned for several minutes. Yesterday, standing at the back door of his sister’s home here, he was struck again.
Aeain he was only dared
Woman Held In Torture Death
OAKLAND, Calif , Julv 20.—(A*)— Police inspector Leon Carroll said today that a woman booked as Adelo Ambegi. 35. a tavern operator, told him she would waive extradition to New Orleans where authorities wanted to question her about a “torture-' knife slaying five years ago.
“I've nothing to fear and I will go back to New Orleans,’’ the Inspector quoted the woman as saying. “I have had it on my mind for years and I’ve always wanted to tell some one but I never could bring myself to talk. ‘I've worried about it a lot. ’
Carroll said Miss Ambegi denied knowledge of the slaying on July 14, 1933, of Joseph Famularo, restaurant and saloon proprietor, who was stabbed approximately 40 times by persons who invaded his place of business.
Carroll said Muss Ambegi, held in custody after a fingerprint check following her arrest IO days ago on a charge of intoxication, would not explain what' she worried about, other than to remark, “It was a holdup. I went to the restaurant, then left."
Previously, Inspector James Goodnight said. Miss Ambegi told him she was taken to Pittsburgh, Pa . by two men, then returned to Sacramento, Calif.
THE UNITED STATES ;s like’’.- to he less busy over the Atlantic this summer than other nations. For Pan American Airways completed sur-j vpy flights last summer and is awaiting its new super-clippers, being j built, in Seattle They’ll be ready in the fall. Here s one of them during a test—it weighs 41 tons. has a maximum speed of 200 miles an hour, can fly 4.000 miles with a payload
By the Associated Press Faced with a long ballot, besieged with appeals by air. letter, card, personal contact and at public meetings, Texas voters Wednesday were like the man on the operating table: glad it would soon be over with.
Candidates themselves and their workers spent every available minute on the air or before rallies.
Among those in the gubernatorial contest, William McCraw wound up his South Texas campaign and flew lo Northeast Texas for speeches at Pittsburg. Linden, Atlanta. Naples and New Boston W. Lee ODaniel made a radio speech at Dallas and speeches at Terrell and McKinney.
Ernest O Thompson came to Fort Worth W’ednesday morning, campaigned all day in that vicinity,
Approximately 2,000 fewer votes will be cast in Taylor county Saturday than were cast in 1938, according to indications from the absentee ballot total which Is 25 percent lighter for this primary than i« 1936. For 1936 515 absentee votes and 8.100 regular ballots were cast. This year 375 absentee votes have been registered, which indicates a total county vote of approximately 6,000
Not more than a dozenu more absentee votes are expected at the county clerk's office. These, to be admittee, must have been postmarked before midnight Tuesday.
and appeared at a Dallas rally at night. Tom Hunter was at Tyler for an East Texas rally after speaking at Waco Karl Crowley campaigned in hts home city. Fort Worth, with a speech at night.
Rain ruined a scheduled mixture of baseball and politics at Tyler. Waiter Russell, candidate for congress had announced he had “bought out" the baseball park and would speak during an F.ast Texas league game. Thompson announced a similar proceeding for Thursday night and Russell arranged to speak on the same program. Fans arc admitted free.
In the race for land commissioner. William H McDonald returned to j Eastland, his home town, to meet old friends He planned a trip to Fort Worth, Dallas and San Antonio before returning to West Texas to vote An opponent, Bascom Giles, spoke at Corsicana Robert A Stuart, candidate for railroad commissioner, urged voters to investigate the records of men seeking office, in a speech at Hunstville. O. C Christie took his campaign to Athens, Jacksonville
See POLITICS, Page 12. Col. I
Cottonoil Mill Manager Arrives
Ray Grisham, formerly of Plainview, arrived in Abilene Wednesday morning to take over duties as vice president and general manager of the West Texas Cotton Oil company. He succeeds the late John F Hardaway, who died here last week.
At Plainview Grisham was assist-an' general manager of Anderson-
Clatyon cotton oil plants on the plains. He has been with the Houston firm eight years.
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ABILENE DOWNPOUR CENTER, NEARBY STREAMS OVERFLOW
Nearby West Texas rivers and creeks were raging bank full and water reservoirs rising steadily last night following a six hour torrential downpour yesterday afternoon and night over an area-wide bloc of counties,
Abilene apparently centered the moisture map with 3 16 inches of rain falling from 2:30 o'clock to 8 o’clock last night. Storm gutters overflowed and in certain sections of the residential section the streets were level from curb to curb.
Catclaw creek reached the flood stage in a short time after the rain -...................................... i and last night it was reported sev-
BRITISH ROYALTY ARRIVES FOR VISIT IN FRANCE
King George and Queen Elizabeth are shown above aa they debarked from the yacht En-chantrees in Boulogne, France,
for the first visit of the English royalty to France in 25 years. This radio photo shows the king at the left, going up the
gangplank with the queen following, French troops form the honor guard.
FRANCE SEEKS BRITISH PLEDGE TO KEEP HITLER FROM CZECHS
Diplomatically Strengthened After King Visits Paris But No Success Gained In Talks
PARIS. July 20 P> Sstrengthened diplomatically bv the state visit of King George and Queen Elizabeth. France today sought a British pledge to resist Germany s campaign against Czechoslovakia as a way of keeping the general European peace
While the British Monarch decorated France’s tomb of the unknown soldier in a second day of ceremonies, French political leaders attempted to convince British Foreign Sec-
Thompson Tells Why Texans Should Pay Less For Steak
DALLAS. July 20. — IP) — With Miller’s Mill boys before and cold siloed watermelon after, Ernest O. Thompson told a big city audience tonight why Texans should not have to pay a dollar and a quarter
PITTSBURGH, Texas. July 20.—Although William Met raw has not referred to his ll opponents for governor in his campaign speeches, today at Pittsburgh one of his supporters took things out of McCraw's hands.
Referrihg to a broadrast tonight from Kansas iii the interests of W. Lee O’Daniel, P. G. Henderson of Jefferson said: “We don’t care who the people of Ran?as want for governor of Texas. Here iii Texas we are going to elect Bill McCraw,”
Wednesday, in exnressing confidence of victory, MrC’raw intimated he believed the flour man wcuid be in the runoff with him.
for a choice K. C. T-bone steak.
Tile candidate for governor urged Texas markets for Texas products and asserted tile state needs a “fair trades act to protect independent merchants.”
“If we don't pass this act,” he [added, “the chain stores will own
everything in Texas, Only through such an act can you keep open the door of opportunity for youth."
Thompson drank water from a shiny tin cup and told ot a friend In lower Rio Grande valley who shipped a carload of cabbages to a broker in New York for sale.
This broker wired back that the proceeds from the sale of these cabbages larked $14 of paying the freight bill.” he said “The broker asked for the $14 and my friend wired back: ‘Don't have fourteen dollars. Am sending another car of cabbages.’
“It's morally wrong to put sc much temptation before the eastern processors of our goods. Let s quit shipping our stuff to the north and east. Up there in New York they call Texas New York's most valuable possession."
Thompson called for an industrial program that would put a stop to shipping cotton, cattie and mohair out of the state and the repurchasing of those commodities after processing at prices boosted by shipping costs.
The candidate advocated a general soil conservation law.
“If it was right to help the oil people with a conservation law, and it was. then its right to do the same thing for the three million farmers of the state,” lie asserted. |
John Wood Roily Scheduled At Tye
Allen P Eason of Abilene announced last night that he will speak in Tye tonight in behalf of John Wood, candidate for railroad commissioner
Aspirants to all county and precinct offices are invited to speak at the rally, beginning at 8 o’clock, said Eason. Such candidate! upon finishing their talks, mav lea*? immediately without embarrassment, for other rallies at Buffalo Gap and Abilene, he said.
Utilities Hearing Set For San Angelo
FORT WORTH. July 20.—(AP)— The labor hearing in connection with NLRB charges filed last week against West Texas Utility company at San Angelo will be held in the federal courthouse in that city July 25.
Charges of discrimination against the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers were filed against the utility company in NI.RB regional headquarters here last Friday.
Harlan Labor Trial Defense Ends Case
LONDON, Ky.. July 20— tJP— The defense in the Harlan labor conspiracy trial closed Its case shortly after noon today after having called 347 witnesses.
The government began its rebuttal as the afternoon session opened in federal court Fifty-six coal companies and individuals are on trial on charges of conspiring to prevent miners from unionizing under the Wagner act. I
retary Viscount Halifax of the need for definite Franco-British military guarantees to Czechoslovakia NO SUCCESS But if the French had any success the official report on the talks failed to disclose it.
The communique merely said the French and their diplomat-guest had “an opportunity of examining the whole international situation” and reiterated their “common will to pursue their action of appeasement and concilliation.”
Some persons took this to mean Halifax had made plain France might have to fulfill her commitment to defend Cie-choslovakia without British aid. Otherwise, the British and French representatives appeared in full agreement A central factor wa? believed to be a plan offered bv Reirhsfuhrer Hitler for solution of the Czechoslovak problem which was brought to Paris bv Halifax The strain between Czechoslovakia and Germany is one of the most long-standing threats of general war—heigtened las? February 20 by Hitler’s declaration he would “protect" German minorities, such as ; the 3.500.000Sudeten Germans within Czechoslovakia To bock up their arguments against Britain's non com mi ta I po- : licv regarding protection of the
central European republic against nazi aggression. Premier Edouard
Daladier and Foreign Minister
Georges Bonnet brought four other French diplomatic and political leaders into conversations at the foreign office FRANCK TO MARCH These four—former Premiers Camille Chautemps. Leon Blum and Edouard Herriot and the French ambassador to London. Charles
See FRANC E, Page 12. Col. 6
Fish Trapped In Laguna Madre Die From Excess Salt
CORPUS CHRISTI July 30—JJ' —Tons of redfish, trout and aheep-head, ranging in size from mere fingerlings to as large as four feet in length, are strewn for 60 miles along the shore of Laguna Madre, victims of excessive salinity of water, caused by lack of an inlet from the gulf.
Chemist analyzed the water of Laguna Madre today and found its contains 92.5 grams
of salt per liter of water, whereas normal .salinity is 31 grams per liter.
Th® situation in laguna Madre, with regard to need of a supply of fresh salt water from the gulf has long been acute, but southeasterly winds over the weekend Mew a
great deal of the water cwt of the lagoon leaving fish in the lower end W'here th- salt content was so
strong it 0“ercamr marine life.
Oldtimers opined there will not be a Ii vine fish in the lagoon below Corpus Christi pass at the end of the week.
Tex Bradford. Corpus Christi
dynamite worker, has offered to blast tnrough Padre island at Murdock Landing, about 30 miles from here, in order to let in fresh water from the gulf and a new .supply of fish.
Lupe Asks Divorce
LOS ANGELES. July HL—'AP Lupe Velez, mercurial screen actress from Mexico, filed her third divorce suit today against Johnny Weismuller, one-time swimming champion who became one of the screen's “Tarzans."
Fear Boy Has Lost Memory
Ballinger Youth Sought By Police, Friends In Area
BALLINGER July 20-The possibility that 17-year-old Richard Zedhtz had suffered loss of memory entered the probe of his mysterious disappearance today as officers and relatives pursued a fruitless trail in search of him.
Mrs. R F. Zedlitz, mother of the youth, said he frequently suffered from severe nose bleed. A recent
era I houses along the bank of the creek on the south side were standing nearly a foot deep in water. GOATS DROWNED
At IO o’clock Dock Sea bolt. Lake Abilene keeper said that the lake had risen two feet in the last three hours and was still rising rapidly. Ranchers along the Big Elm creek that empties into Lake Abilene said the stream was running higher than it had at any time since September, 1932. Much driftwood was being forced downstream. Several ranchers reported goats drowned by the storm and creek but said damages were not large.
R, C Hoppe, engineer in charge of construction at Fort Phantom Hill reservoir, estimated that the wall of water flooding Elm creek would not reach the partially completed lake until early morning hours.
"There is only a little water in the lake now," he said, “and I think we can take care of any high water situation that occurs."
Lake Kirby would benefit little from the rain. L. A. Grimes, water superintendent, said. The lake was in the apparent edge of a dry sector that extended into Runnels and Coleman county.
Lytle Lake had risen five or six inches last night at IO o’clock and was rising steadily. Water was running over the dam by several inches, residents of the section said.
The Clear Fork of the Brazos was rising rapidly, with the rainfall at Lueders measuring one and one-half inches. Stamford reported nearly two inches.
Farther south to San Angelo, the Concho river was swelled by a cloudburst that reached ten inches in places and halted traffic over a U. S highway 277 bridge at Christoval. At San Angelo the fall for yesterday was .64 inches making a total of 2.25 inches for the week.
The rain extended far out to the west into a section long untouched by appreciable rains. From two to three inches of moisture fell at Mertzon, Big Lake and Fort Stockton.
Abilene’* bountiful fall boosted the yearly total to 25.61 inches, already 5.75 inches above the total for the entire year of 1937, and 2,72 inches above 1936. The month's total to date is 4 38 inches, bidding strong to pass the high marks of 6.61 and 5.92 inches set in May and June.
All time high for July rainfall is a 7 82 inches record set in 1902. RUNNELS, COLEMAN DRY
Dry spots in the weather map were Runnels and Coleman counties. Wint'***s reported that onh' a light sprinkle had fallen through the day. There was some rain Tuesday and total for the week was less than one-half inch. A druggist at Coleman said the town had not had a drop of rain a1! day and all clouds were clearing aw av. Approximately one-half incli of rain had fallen during the week, most of it Monday afternoon.
At Buffalo Gap about one and
See RAIN, Page 12, Col I
examination had revealed that he was anemic, she said, and he was to begin treatments soon for his condition.
This gave rise to fear that even a mild shock might have produced amnesia, and that Richard is wandering aimlessly about, unable to find his bearings or recall his own name. Intensive investigation had yielded nothing new tonight said Sheriff W. A. Holt of Runnels county, except inconsequential information that Richard was seen as late as 9 o’clock Sunday night at City Park here. Several of his youthful acher MISSING, Page 12. Col. 6
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Wheat Allotments Announced For '39
WASHINGTON July 30—The AAA announced today state allotments under a crop control program disigned to keep next years wheat acreage within 55.000,000 acres and prevent accumulation of greater surpluses of the grain.
The largest allotment 11,067,349 acres—went to Kansas, the nation s major wheat-producing state This compared with 17.453.000 acres that state seeded for the bumper crop now being harvested.
State allotments for 1939 compared with 1938 acreage and 1928-37 average acreage of wheat land included ;
Southern region Texas, 3,684 863 5,315,000 and 4,955,426. ,
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GOVERNOR LOSES HIS PILOTS
HARRISBURG, Pa. July 20 - V —George H. Earle became a “non-flving" governor tonight when his chief of aeronautics lifted the chief executive’s flying license for two weeks after a crack-up.
Colonel Camille Vinet, who taught the governor to fly and later became head of the state aeronautics bureau, grounded the governor.
A few hours earlier, Earle, flying til ton Ii fog, had to land on the campus of a college near Philadelphia He clipped the top of a tree, hopped a fence, |
smacked a wing into another tree—and emerged with painful bruises.
He promptly called for another plane and flew back to Harrisburg Penitent, but grinning, Earle returned to the capital and heard the bad news from Vlnet.
“He promised me faithfully, he wouldn’t go out on a day as soupy 1 as this.” moaned Colonel Camille I Vinet, the governor's personal pilot' and chief of tne s ate Aeronautics bureau.
Earle, with IO ho^gs solo ax- j
perience in a straight-winged plane and about IOO hours in the old autogiro he used in campaigning several years ago, started the flight as a practice spin this morning around the Harrisburg state airport.
He was forced down months ago in western Pensylvania in a heavy storm.
His son, George the fourth, 21, also has been flying solo for soma time. They think it’s great Mrs. La; ie wor’I ride with cr;'.cr.