Abilene Reporter News (Newspaper) - July 25, 1938, Abilene, Texas
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AFTER WATER REACHES 48 FEETWorkmen Stave Off Threat to Phantom Hill Dam
Flood Danger Ebbs Despite Further Rains
Streams Receding Or at Standstills As Debris Cleared
SAN SABA, July 25—I UP) — Further loss of life in this flooded area eras feared today when “two or three dosen” persons were reported marooned at Bend, small town 29 miles southeast of here on the Colorado river.
By RAY NEUMANN
SAN SABA, July 25.—(AP) —The Southwest Texas flood situation was greatly improved at noon today despite heavy rains over the stricken area last night.
Reports of the downpours, which brought precipitation in some sections to more than 14 inches since last Tuesday, alarmed the countryside early in the day. but, after brief rises, streams either became stationary or began to recede RIVER AT STANDSTILL Briefly, the situation was:
SAN SABA—The San Saba river was at a standstill after a brief rise resulting from five inches of rain last night. A large. part of the town, however, remained under water. It was feared the town would be without electric power and lights as the Colorado river rose within three feet of the transmission lines IO miles east of San Saba.
MENARD—The San Saba river receded to its banks and all flood danger was believed past. Streets of the downtown area, which was flooded late Saturday, were being cleaned by workmen. It was estimated the damage would not go much over $10,000. The few remaining refugees were being cared for in the high school building. A few residences were washed off their blocks..
BRADY.—Brady creek, which divides the town and flows into the San Saba, was back in its channel. A large part of the town was inundated Saturday night when the normally small stream swept over a protecting levee.
LLANO.—Six and half inches of ram last night sent the Llano river up 12 feet, but at noon the stream was receding. More damage to highways was reported. COLORADO RAGING The situation along the Colorado river, of which the San Saba is a tributary, was growing worse this afternoon.
J. H Jarboe. United States meteorologist stationed at San Antonio, said a flood as great, or greater, as that of 1936, which did millions of dollars damage, was in prospect The body of M. E Hensley, who drowned near Menard, was recovered today The body of his wife had not been recovered. They were the only victims of the floods so far.
San Saba was completely isolated this morning when the approaches to Wright s bridge over a creek four miles north of Llano were washed out. Since Saturday this had been the only route open to this little sheep spital.
$2,000,000 DAMAGE Today a single telephone circuit
See FLOODS. Pf. t, Col. 5.
MERCHANT-TURNED-POLITICIA N ACCEPTS CONGRATULATIONS
“Them hillbillies are politicians now.” Surrounded by his campaigning family, W. Le3 O-Daniel, the amazing personality who temporarily left his flour
business to overwhelm his “profesisonal politician” opponents in the Texas gubernatorial race, accepts congratulations on
election night. Mike has the banjo, Pat the fiddle, daughter Molly the accordion and Mrs. O'Daniel, who maanged his
main headquarters, stands at his side. They heard returns in their Port Worth home.
(Associated Press Photo)
AS POLITICAL VETS LOSE-
Maverick Bows To Quin's Man
Hospital Sites To Be Viewed
Abilene chamber of commerce board of directors and veterans’ hospital committeemen made final plans today for assisting Capt. C. H. Stratton of the army department Tuesday when he inspects proposed sites for the hospital around Abilene.
Captain Stratton is surveying sites and accommodations offered the proposed hospital by eight Texas cities. He was in San Angelo today.
R. M. Wagstaff, chairman of the hospital committee, said half a dozen sites had been selected for Stratton to inspect. No entertainment has been arranged.
Tile army engineer is also making investigations in Houston, Dallas. Port Worth, San Angelo, Sweetwater, Lubbock and Amarillo.
Attending the meeting today were J. C. Hunter, Ruck Sibley, Homer Scott, George Minter, Price Campbell, Fleming James, Roy Duke, Vie Behrens, Claude Gill, Robert Cray, Max Bentley. D. G. Barrow, Jess Warren, M. Shaw. R. M. Wag-staff, Tom Carswell and Jimmie Bateman.
Wichita Votes Wet
WICHITA PALLS, July 25—(JP)— Wichita county's first local option election in five years left the county wet by a narrow margin Complete returns of Saturday’s election showed 5.352 votes against prohibition to 5,139 votes for prohibition.
Youngster Nudges Morgan Sanders, Also Congressman
By FELIX R. MCKNIGHT
DALLAS, July 25— <£») —W. Lee O’Daniel, the merchant-turned-pol- 1 itician who made a shambles of I Texas politici&l precedent, today assured his public he would be a “regular fellow’’ with his state legislature and scoffed at a dictatorship.
Fourteen infants already had been named for this political babe-in-arms wrho, in latest Texas Election bureau returns, had amassed 448.267 votes and held a clear majority of 26.220 over ll opponents —and all but officially was the next governor.
MAVERICK DEFEATED Mired in the O'Daniel landslide touched off by liberal old-age pension promises were an attorney general, a railroad commissioner, a big city mayor, and, indirectly two potent members of the congress-including tart-tongued Maury Maverick.
Prom this mild radio flour salesman who mounted a sound truck with a hillbilly band and struck out after "those professional politicians” long after seasoned foes had started stumping the hinterlands, came the comment:
“The secret of success in business is ability to cooperate. I think the same principles of business ran be applied to government. . I have no idea of being a dictator. I expect to get along well with the legislature."
But without victory statements were Maverick and Morgan Sanders, two strong members of the house who were trapped in the astounding upheaval of the electorate.
GOSSETT OUT AHEAD Stout. Irish Paul J. Kilday, 38-year-old San Antonio* attorney backed by Mayor C. K. Quin's.political machine, whipped Maverick, New Deal mainstay, by 589 votes. Quickly came reports that Maverick would demand an mvestigation and recount of the ballot.
Just as O’Daniel and Kilday campaigned on pension issues did 25-year-old Lindley Beck-worth, a stale representative, pick up the same cudgel to crush Representative Sanders, slated for eventual chairmanship of the powerful house ways and means committee. The youngster shouted promises to work for pension Increases; declared his loyalty to President Roosevelt. Trailing him was Smith County Judge Brady Gentry. Two hundred votes
See TABULATIONS, Pf. I, Col. J,
SURPRISED GOVERNOR-ELECT PREPARES TO TAKE VACATION
Fort Worth Flourmon Says Nobody In Mind for 'Business Man' Board
By RICHARD M. MOREHEAD I corporation chairman, was among FORT WORTH, July 25.—(UP)— the other well-wishers. Opponents W. Lee O'Daniel, surprLsec at his charged that Allred had ‘ coached” own victory over ll candidates for O’Daniel during hts race, but the governor of Texas, looked into | candidate said "politics” were not
stacks of unanswered correspondence today and prepared to take his family away for a vacation.
The 46-year-old flourman who amazed himself and the state's politically-wise with a smashing first-primary triumph had no definite plans for the governorship. PEOPLE ‘PARTNERS’
“I’d made no preparation for what happened," O’Daniel told reporters at his home. “At no time during the
campaign did I presume that ever be governor of Texas.
“I’ve taken the people Into partnership and I’d like to keep them informed and receive their suggestions. I told the congregation at the church that possibly some higher power directed the campaign.’’
Trouble Boils In State Prison
Outbreaks Occur At Three Farms; One 'Con' Killed
HUNTSVILLE, July 25—(UP) — Three Texas convicts fled before posses of prison guards rind officers toda yand another lay dead of gunshot wounds after breaks at three farms of the state prison system.
Noble Guthrie. 29. serving 20 years for robbery from Armstrong county, died of bucksho* wounds in the head and pistol wounds in the arm and leg at Eastham prison farm in Houston county last night.
A convict companion of Guthrie, under fire from guards .abandoned the escape attempt and scrambled ipate no difficulty in cooperating | back to safety. Eastham officials
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Governor Fails In Puerto Rico
Winship Escapes Injury as Shots Fired in Parade
8AN JUAN, Puerto Rico, July 25.—(UP)—An attempt was made to assassinate Gov. Blanton Winship today, but he was uninjured.
Sen. Pedro Juan Serralle3 and Colonel Irizarry of the Puerto Rican national guard were injured.
Radio reports from Ponce said Colonel Irizarry died of his injuries and that eight persons were in the hospital, including an officer from the United States airplane carrier Enterprise.
The attempt was attributed to nationalists, who are conducting a turbulent campaign for complete Puerto Rican independence from the United States. TTie attempt occurred at Ponce during a celebration of the 40th anniversary of American occupation in the Span-ish-American war.
Extreme nationalists have been carrying on a terrorist campaign which has included previous attempts against United States officials. Several shots were fired In today’s attempt. While there has been no indication Governor Winship is unpopular with Puerto Ricans, the extremist movement has been active in his regime, which began in February. 1934. In June of 1937. eight nationalists were sent to Atlanta penitentiary after conviction on charges of having attempted to overthrow the I United States government in the Island by armed force.
SHOTS BROADCAST The occupation day celebration attracted nearly 100,000 visitors to Ponce. Tile governor flew there to review the parade and make an address. Marine planes from St. Thomas, Virgin islands, a destroyer and the aircraft carrier took part in the celebration.
People in San Juan were listening to a broadcast description of the ceremony when shots were heard over tfce air. The announcer then called out that there had been an attempt on the governor and that Senator Serrates and Colonel Irizarry, who were in the reviewing stand with him, had been shot. The crowds, he said, were milling around in wild excitement.
The radio reported police had killed one of Winship's assailants and that others were arrested.
discussed during the telephone conversation.
O’Daniel said he had nobody in mind to serve on the “busi-new men’s advisory board" that he promised would study the state's affairs. He expects no difficulty with the legislature, which blocked several bills advocated by Governor Allred.
"I ve had a great deal of experience cooperating with business
Id men,” O'Daniel explained. "I antic-
with the legislature. But I will admire them (the legislators), if we have honest differences of opinion. I have no idea of assuming a dictatorial attitude.’’
The winner attributed his success I to the backing of "clear-thinking
DALLAS, July 25— (AP)—How did W. Lee O’Daniel poll from the start to finish of tabulations?
Here’s the ratio as compiled by the Texas Election bureau, based on periodical returns:
Saturday night: Seven p.m. 40.8 per cent of the total vote. Then 40.4. 45.7. 48.7, 49.74 49.84 and finally 50.9 at 1:30 a.m. Sunday.
Sunday: One p.m. count, 51.2. Then 51.5, 51.43 and finally 51.13.
O'Daniel's whirlwind campaign i Christian people.”
drew congratulations and inquiries from thousands of persons throughout Texas and the nation. He announced last April 24 during his regular radio broadcast to advertise his "Hill-Billy’’ products that he would run for governor, in response to 54.000 requests from his listeners.
Ninety-one days later, O’Daniel—who had no vote himself— learned that he had rn majority over all opponents and waa the democratic nominee, tantamount to election. O’Daniel was voteless because he failed to pay his $1.75 poll tax.
The rotund campaigner made 113 appearances with his stringed band during the five weeks that followed his opening rally at Waco June 13. Thirty-two unscheduled stops were made, when crowds gathered at the cross-roads to greet* the O’Daniel band-wagon.
Campaign workers said that O’-daniel carried every county in which he appeared except Galveston. He trailed also in El Paso county, but the campaign tour did not extend that far and the radio broadcasts by which he first became a public figure were not heard there.
Gov. James V. Allred congratulated O'Daniel by telephone Sunday. Jesse Jones, Reconstruction Finance
TO LOOK INTO PENSIONS
"Politicians will be trying to analyze this for a long time.” he chuckled. “Some people had the idea when we started out that our campaign was just ballyhoo. But with the friends we had already, were made tremendous gains when we explained our business-like plan for office.”
O'Daniel said he would “look Into" the old age assistance problem before he takes office. He also promised to investigate the possibilities of economy in government.
“My experience has all been in business and not politics." he expired. “The same principles found in business can be applied in government."
O’Daniel said he would attempt to dispose of the huge stacks of correspondence that accumulated during the campaign, then he and the family will take a short vacation to some unannounced place.
SONS TO ENTER UNIVERSITY “I’m not a bit tired,” he said, “but Mrs. O’Daniel is and I'd like to give the boys in the band a vacation when we find out for sure there won’t be a run-off. I enjoyed every moment of that campaign and
See LOOKS TO REST. Pg. 8, Cal. S.
had not learned his identity today. INQUEST
Justle^ of the Peace T. S. Irvins returned an inquest verdict of justifiable homicide in the death of Guthrie.
Those who made good their escape were J. W. Stevens from Central prison farm near Sugarland, Fort Bend county; and Tighlman Van Acker and Johnnie Bowman, convict trusties, from Wynne farm near Huntsville.
Bowman was under a 90-year sentence for robbery from Gregg county; Van Acker was serving 35
See PRISON BREAKS. Pg. 8. Col. 7.
Returns in From Mitchell County
COLORADO. July 25 — (Spl) — Complete returns from Mitchell county show the following results in Saturday’s election:
For representative: Dockery 1,-026, Jones 368. Hubbard 280, Prior 571, Dickson 471; for district attorney: Barber 1,899, Outlaw 472, Steakley 479; county judge: King 1.524. Porter 1,445: district clerk: Ballard 1,715, Pond 1.206; county clerk: Quinney 1,383, Herrington
Sheriff: Pritchett 1,236, Gregory
1,72* .treasurer: Grubbs 2,167, Hudson 822; tax assessor-collector: Helton 1,260, Waters 136, Hart 883, Leach 704; county attorney: Earnest 1.19/, Carter 1,714.
Man, Machines Battle Waters
Outcome at Fort Phantom Hill Dam Up to Elements
Ga lento Improves
ORANGE, N. J., July 25— (Jp>_
A "fight talk ' and two blood transfusions gave Tony Galento, No. I challenger for the heavyweight boxing crown, new vigor today in his bout with broncho-pneumonia.
'TU kill that bum,” Tony vowed.
ABILENE *n<1 vicinity; Mostly cloudy, probably showers tonight and Tuesday.
Waat Texas Partly cloudy to cloudy, probably shower* in north portion tonight and Tuesday.
F-aat Texas. Mostly cloudy, probably showers In north portion tonight and Tues-day.
24 hrs ending S:30 a rn. Mon . 1.33 Inches For week ending « .lo a na .. 7 to inches
For month bf July to date.. 7 94 inches
Previous heaviest July rainfall
for 53 years Un 1902)..... 7 *2 inches , „
Since first of this year . ... 29 17 inches I sonora
RESIDENTS BELOW RESERVOIR WARNED TO EVACUATE HOMES
Lake Abilene Full First Time Since 1932 as Rainfall Sets Record for July
Partially completed Fort Phantom Hill dam appeared safe this afternoon from flood waters that threatened to carry away part of the long earthen structure earlier in the day.
While water had risen 48 feet deep in the new reservoir, workmen were able to stave off a lapping threat that once was within two feet of the darn s top portion. That was in the channel of Elm creek where the unfinished structure was at its lowest mark
The crisis was earlier in the day when showers temporarily halted emergency work. At mid-morning, however, the regular crew, enforced by city employes and voluntary helpers from nearby, had built up a lead in the battle against the angry waters. The drag line had poured dirt more than two feet above the water level at the point expected to break.
Warnings to evacuate houses below the dam went out this morning on advice of the contractor’s foreman. It seemed at that time a section of the reservoir dam, being built by the city of Abilene for an additional | * * *
water supply and as an irrigation project at an expenditure of $600,000, must be swept away by the racing waters.
Residents below the dam had ample time to move to the highlands and there was no panic, according to reports from there at noon.
Sight - seers were asked to stay away from the site as they would interfere with work.
Roads in that section are almost imnassabTe.
RAIN BESTS 1902 MARK
Rainfall here of 7.94 Inches broke all previous records for precipitation in July. The previous mark of 7 82 inches—a 53-year record— was made in 1902.
In the 24-hour period ending at 6:30 a rn. today. 1.33 Inches had fallen, bringing the week s total to 7 45.
Total rainfall for the year is far ahead of normal and that of last year, as 29.17 inches have fallen. Normal rain since the first of year is 14.18 Inches. At this time last year artly 8.61 inches had been gauged.
Normal yearly precipitation is 25.17 inches.
The maximum temperature yesterday was 83 degrees, the minimum 68 degrees
mulberry creek up
All Taylor county points have received equally as much or more rain. Merkel received two inches Sunday and showers this morning, bringing the total for July near eight inches Some reports said sections of Mulberry Canyon have received IO inches. A Tye farmer said It has rained 14 Inches at his ! place.
Mulberry creek, five miles east of Merkel, was bank full yesterday and lapped the Highway 80 bridge.
South portion of the county also has been flooded. The same goes for Lake Abilene and vicinity.
Lake Abilene has been running over the dirt spillway since yesterday. This is the first time the lake has been full since 1932. All creeks on the watershed remained bank full today.
HIGHWAYS CLOSED Lytle lake has been full since early In the summer. Water in Lake Kirby lacks four feet of reaching the spillway.
The highway department reported the following roads in the flood San Saba area .closed because of heavy rains and high water:
U. S. 83. north and south of Menard.
U. S. 285, north of Sanderson and Fort Stockton.
U. S. 277, north of Del Rio U S. 290. between Junction and
8*rn* period last year ....... g.«i Inches
Norm*! since first of year----14.69 laches
Normal for entire year .25 17 Inches I
Highest temperature yesterday R3 wast temperature this morning RS
U. S. 190, east and west of Saba.
State 29, east and west of Llano. State 29, between Junction and
By MAURINE EASTUS ROE FORT PHANTOM HILL. July 25. —It was a battle of man and modern machinery against the rising waters of the Fort Phantom Hill reservoir today.
At noon today the struggle to keep ahead of the rising water had been going on for nine hours, the safety of the $300,000 dam in the balance.
UP TO ELEMENTS The outcome hangs on the elements—if there is no more rain, engineers will relax and workmen will slow their pace. Additional showers probably would bring disaster, especially lf these fell at the dam site itself, for neither the workers nor the machines can labor in a downpour. The resort In such an event would be to sandbagging, and they're all ready to take care of that for a time.
Water in the reservoir, more than three mile* long and three quarters of a mile wide thia morning, was rising at the rate of six inches per hour. That was the situation at 3 a. rn. when the alarm was sent out to residents as far below the dam as Lueders.
It was still the situation at daybreak. At one time, the water level had reached within three feet of the top of the unfinished portion of the earthen dam. There was a heavy shower here. In the slippery clay and soaked gravel, they went to work anyway.
FOUR FEET TO SPARE By IO o’clock, two feet of earth had been added to that part of the dam. There still was nearly four feet of the dam showing above the water. At one point, the water had started eating away the dirt, but it had by no means gained any headway.
The dam is thick—as wide on top of | at the danger point as two city streets. There is no danger unless the lake rises above it and goes over.
Should the dam break, a 40-foot wall of water would move down Elm creek, through a flat valley and within a few miles Into the Clear Fork river.
The water was 48 feet deep in the reservoir at the outlet tower this morning. It had covered all three of the openings in the tower, and out of the conduit on the other side the water rushed with a roar. Engineers said the water released amounts to 500.000.000 gallons a day; that .against five billion gal-
State 81, between Llano and San Ions estimated stored in the lake Saba and San Saba and Goldth- already.
State 95, south of Temple.
State 76, Eagle Pass and 72! ryor.
State 23. north of Brady.
State 41. between Rocksprmg ti : and state 277.
7« | Rio.
U S. 277. Eldorado and Sonora State 55, both sides of
85, Eagle Pass and Del
DELAYS REGULAR WORK
Water had been rushing through the conduit almost continuously for 13 days .with some little slack on one or two days Th* rains have have delayed regular work.
The width of the lake was easily estimated. At about the widest point, the Humble pipeline cross? the lakebed. There were 25 of the company tele-
a sn p.m a :30 a rn. 12.39 pm j State 55, both sides Of Rock-
Dry thermometer RI 72 71 ]
Mat&arhSmv R7 J? to I see DAM SAVED. Pg. 8, Col. 5 [ See PHANTOM HILL Pg. $, Col. 4
VANDENBERG SAYS FDR TO SEEK THIRD TERM
Papoose Pion© Hops
PORT WASHINGTON. N. Y., July 25—(UP) — British Imperial airways’ pick-a-back seaplane Mercury took off for Montreal today, en route to Southampton, Eng., on the eastward half of its round trip survey flight over the North Atlantite.
WASHINGTON. July 25.—IJT)— Senator Vandenberg <R-Mlch) expressed the opiniorrtoday that President Roosevelt would seek a third term.
“I expect him to try," Vandenberg said, “but I do not expect him to succeed.”
The statement was contained in a letter the senator wrote to a Michigan constituent. It was made public by a friend^, here.
It came in the midst of speculation over third term possibilities.
Gov. Frank Murphy of Michi
gan declared in a speech at Traverse City, Mich., yesterday that “we may have to draft the president for four more years of leadership.”
John D. M. Hamilton, republican national chairman, asserted last j week that WPA Administrator Hopkins actually had launched third-term movement when he told reporters 90 per cent of those on relief were for the president.
Hopkins’ remark has attract-I cd the attention of the senate
TRAVERSE CITYY, Mich., July 25—(UP)—Gov. Frank Murphy of Michigan urged voters at a political rally Sunday “to keep an open mind” on the question of a third term for President Roosevelt.
Murphy said ’It may be necessary" for President Roosevelt to run again to preserve the New Deal.
Murphy referred to the president as "democracy’s first friend on th# whole earth and .the most magnificent emergency leader in the history of the United States."