Abilene Reporter News (Newspaper) - July 26, 1938, Abilene, Texas
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Japs Occupy Important River Port
Chinese Defenses Crumble; Chiang's Army Retreating
SHANGHAI. July 26— <Tuesday)
—(jpi—Japanese military spokesmen announced today their forces had occupied Kukiang, Yangtze river port 135 miles down stream from Hankow, the Chinese provisional capital.
The Japanese armv took unop- ! posed control of the city, the ; spokesmen said, when Chinese de-fenses crumbled and the army ofj Generalissimo Chiang Kai Shek began retreating to the west and southwest.
The fall of the important port marked the breaking of the principal line of Chinese defense in the Yangtze valley, Japanese claimed, and opened the way to Hankow.
Japane.se naval officers added that the Mikados fleet of war vessels simultaneously advanced up the mine-strewn river and began shelling the retreating Chinese
Air forces likewise Joined in the attack upon the withdrawing army.
Earlier foreign sources reported the invaders' cavalry vanguard fought to within three miles southeast of the river port, 135 miles from i’ankow an immediate objective in the campaign to take the Chinese provisional capital
Fifty Americans are at the Ruling mountain resort 14 miles southeast of Kukiang. Heavy firing toward Kiukiang has cut off their escape to the northwest
Japanese airplanes and warships
UNFINISHED DAM GIVEN SEVERE TEST
'HE’S A REAL MAN'—
Demo Party Support Is Assured W. Lee O Daniel
Placid but dangerous water ( was licking at the soft earth three feet below the edge of , the unfinished gap in Phantom
HIU dam in the picture above.
Men in the right foreground were workers, helping pile dirt in the gap to prevent the quiet I water from sweeping over and eating out the gap.
Behind them the completed section of the dam may be seen, rising 30 or 40 feet above the water level. The completed section was not strained in the least by the five billion gallons of water in the lake. (That’s a fifth of its capacity).
Sticking out of the water Is the outlet tower, through which a
half billion gallons of water is flowing daily. It is 75 feet UU,
but only 25 feet are visible.
The water seen above will not be consumed by Abilenlans.
Contractors will let it flow through the outlet, draining the lake so work may be completed. (Reporter-News Staff Photo.)
Engineers Believe Phantom Hill Dam
Close Watch Being Kept; Piles Of Filled Sandbags Available For Any Emergency
A day of toil Monday saved Fort Phantom Hill dam from
bombed and shelled Kiukiang s de- destruction by rampant Elm creek.
fenses ceaselessly. After an eariy morning threat to break through an unfin-
b,nK«rBKm^ng .nd*nKu!ln. ished gap in the dam. the 5,000.000.000 gallons of water im-seven miles southeast of Lake pounded in the lake bed ceased rising and the edge of the huge
The United States Gunboat Mo-
Possible Sites For Veterans' Hospital To Be Viewed Today
Muddy Waters Of Colorado Menace Austin
San Saba, Menard, Brady And Llano Return To Normal
By RAY NEUMANN
SAN SABA, July 25—(ZP)—The Southwest Texas flood-swept area tonight cleaned away debris and provided for the homeless as the muddy waters, which caused damage estimated at $2,000,000 and claimed two lives, raced into the Colorado river to cause apprehension at Austin, the stat* capital, and its lower reaches.
Four towns in the scenic Texas hill country, San Saba, Menard. Brady and Llano, saw normally small streams, two of which rose to unprecedented heights, return to their banks after five days of widespread rampaging.
At Austin, however, the situation grew darker as the Colorado, one of the state's largest streams, pavsed the 32-foot stage and threatened to go on its worst rampage since the disastrous flood of 1935, when a stage of 41.8 feet was reached. Residents of the little country town of Bend, part in San Saba and part in Lampasas counties, were chased from their homes bv waters
Nominee Invited To Washington
Telegrams And Letters Congratulating Next Governor Of Texas Pouring In
By HOWARD C. MARSHALL FORT WORTH, July 25—(AP)—W. Lee O'Daniel, nominated for governor of Texas on the democratic ticket in a political landslide, today received assurance of party organization support.
L. W Robert Jr., of Washington, secretary and treasurer of the national democratic executive committee, “dropped in’ on
the sensational “Hill Billy j_
nominee and later said in an interview he could depend on the backing of the democratic
“This man is no political fanatic,” Robert said. “He is a real man and he knows what he is doing. ”
"It goes without saying that any man who represents as large a majority of the people as he does will have the full support of the democratic party. He is my kind of a democrat."
"The vote is conclusive, which I always like to see because they give a full and complete expression of the will of the people."
Robert had accompanied President Roosevelt to San Francisco and Chairman James A Farley to Seattle. Farley, he said, was “somewhere in the wilds of Alaska” but doubtless would communicate with O'Daniel soon. He in-
My Job Is Going To Be Governor Of Texas-ODanie
nocacv, the British Gunboat Cockchafer and the steamer Wenchow were standing by in the Yangtze alxne Kiukiang with foreigners from the river port aboard.
As a preparedness measure to a \ ert possible outbreaks of terror-ism in Shanghai on the first anniversary of the outbreak of the war here, the Shanghai volunteer corps is to br mobilized for a two-week period.
Tile anniversary date is Aug 13 and the precautions will be taken from a week before to a week after.
Four Injured In Sweetwater Crash
SWEETWATER. July 25—»Spl>— Three Roscoe softball players and a Snyder man were in the hospital here tonight seriously injured as a result of a head-on automobile collision on highway 81 about one mile west of here.
Most seriously injured was Jack Smith of Roscoe with a crushed left leg Bones in the lower part of the leg were broken five times Carrol Toone suffered an injured back and Bob Windham had his right hand cut in several places. All three bo\s were en route to Sweetwater to play a softball game.
The occupant of the other car. Ed win Sturgeon of Snyder, had severe head injuries.
The accident happened about 8:15 o’clock.
G. W. Duty, 90, Dies At Abilene Home
O. W. Duty. 90. resident of Abilene for half a century, died at his home. 1371 Chestnut street at 3:30 Monday afternoon, He had been ill three weeks
Arrangements were incomplete last nlgt, but funeral rues will be held Wednesday, the hour to be announced from the Laughter Funeral home. The Rt. Rev. H. Felder-hoff will conduct Requiem Mass at the Sacred Heart Catholic church,
earthen embankment was built up out of reach of the water.
R. C. Hoppe, resident engineer on the project, said last night that if no more rain fell the dam was not in danger.
He and Bud Shufford, Cage Brothers and J. C. Ruby’s (contractors! foreman on the job. said the lake had virtually ceased rising.
Elm creek, rapidly subsiding, was adding little more water to the pond than the concrete conduit under the dam was letting through, Hoppe opined.
All except a short gap in the three-quarter-mile-long dam is built to full height—and faced with a solid rock rip-rap.
But in this short gap—the last to be filled up In the scheme of
of the Colorado, which surged to a Seven tracts of land near Abilene\ record high for yesterday.
No lives were reported lost, but j most residents fled without being able to save household effects from the flood. The bridge over the Colorado at Bend was washed out Already many small business establishments and residents south of Congress avenue bridge were flooded. The San Antonio highway was closed, and the Bastrop highway was expected to be blocked at any time.
SMITHVILLE IN DANGER
Downstream, near Smithville, the
are to go on display today to Capt C. H. Stratton of the federal veterans’ administration as possible sites of a new J I. OOO. OOO veterans' hospital. Final selection of the sites and arrangement* for their purchase if selected were made yesterday by members of the Abilene chamber of commerce board of directors and the local veterans’ hospital committee.
Stratton is to arrive In Abilene from San Angelo about noon today. A tour of proposed sites is to start
as soon a* he arrives and continue i throughout the afternoon. He will I Colorado was rising at the rate cf be accompanied by R. M. Wagstaff, one foot an hour and was spread-chairman of the hospital committee, ing over 10,000 acres of fertile farm Max Bentley, H J Bradshaw, and lands where corn was matured and J. C. Hunter, chamber of commerce cotton was reaching maturity The president, and T. N. Carswell, sec- river gauge was at 29 feet here
and it was feared that by tomorrow
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He was bom in Dadas counts, heavy rains started the creek on Mo.. May 7. 1848. and came to Tex- a rampage.
as in 1877. settling near Waco. In Sunday rains that sent the creek 1886. he moved to Midland, and two
Worth. San Angelo. Lubbock and Amarillo.
years later came to Abilene He was a farmer.
Survivors are four sons Charles W, H. A. Frank and R J. Duty,
out of banks brought the lake to the danger level. All Sunday night workmen watched with fear The water was not a lashing, swirling flood, as popularly supposed. Rather it was smooth as
all of Abilene; two daughters. Mrs fish pond—a broad still, peaceful ex- |)PfPnfl^ JxRIP^ Helen Garnett of Dripping Springs panse. Almost Invisibly, it was ris- l/wl VllVIJ IXvJlwJ
and Miss Clara Pearl Duty. Abilene ing toward the soft, raw edge of the Burial will be made in the I.O.O.F. unfinished gap.
Leo And Daniel
SAN ANGELO. July 25.—4^*) - This city's latest prospective poll tax evaders include Leo and Daniel, born to Mr. and Mrs W. F Treas. at a local hospital at 6 o'clock tonight.
Other suggestions considered were Hill and Billy.
cemetery, beside the grave of Mrs. Duty, who died in 1910.
Woman Confesses Welker Slaying
ELDORADO. Kas , July 25 —</T -Chief of Police Charley Parton said tonight a young woman arrested here had confessed the slaving at Moriarty. N. M , of Francis Welker, a cattle buyer The young woman was traveling with a youth Parton said the couple gave their names as Robert Thompson, alias Brown. 17, and Mrs. Pauline Alleger. 21.
AFTER LONG ILLNESS—
C. M. Largent, Noted Breeder Of Herefords, Dies Af Merkel Home
MERKEL. July 25.~-(Spl >—C. M. i Largent Sr. 75. head of the world famous Hereford breeding firm. C. M. Largent A* Sons, died at 9:30 tonight at his home lear Merkel. He had been ill for about five months.
Funeral is to be held at the First Baptist church at Merkel at 3 f o'clock Tuesday afternoon. The j Rev. A. A Brian, pastor, will officiate, assisted by the Rev. R. H. Walker, pastor of 'he Grace Presbyterian church, the Rev. John H. Crow, Methodist pastor, and the i Rev. J. W. Sat fie of Plainview, for- ; mer pastor at Merkel.
Charles Marcus Largent was born In Collin county December 19. 1863. ; He moved to Merkel for his health ; In 1896 and was in the mercantile I business here until 1900 when he started the now famous Hereford farm.
He is survived by his wife, four sons, Tom, Willie Joe and C. M. Jr., all of Merkel; Roy Largent of Brownwood, and a daughter, Mrs L. L. Swafford of Kansas City. Ten grandchildren and two great-L anUcUiljji'cii a IM survive. 4?
At 3 a. rn. Monday A. J. Covington. who keeps the commissary at the construction site, went to homes below the dam. warning residents of the empending danger
Should the waters break the gap out of the dam. he told them. a40-ou’ of the dam. he told them, a 40-Elm and Into the Clear Fo-k. ALARM BROADCAST
At 7 a rn. he telephoned radio station KRBC, asked that an alarm be broadcast.
Baptists camped at Lueders vacated their quarters. Many families moved out of the danger zone.
But late In the morning the water practically ceased rising. Modem machinery and a big crew of men built the level of the gap up two feet.
Last night the water had risen only a few inches from the morning level -standing at 48 or 49 feet deep. And In the meantime the gap had been built up five or six feet
But the situation was being watched closely. More rain may mean disaster. And piles of filled sandbags are stacked nearby.
It will be necessary, said Hoppe. to drain virtually all the water caught In the lake to complete construction.
It has been roughly estimated that the lake has caught 5,000.000,-000 (billions) gallons of water—a fifth of the total capacity.
At the rate of half a billion gallons per day. It is estimated that another five billion gallons of water has run through the outlet conduit.
Monday night the lake had backed water up past the twin silos on the Guitar farm -the silos being a well-known landmark three miles south of the dam.
Snyd cr Area Soaked
SNYDER. July 25— (Spl.)—Scurry county received its eighth consecute ve day of rain Sunday, mostly moderate showers. Total for the week in Snyder is 3 09 Inches, with the entire area soaked.
Other Texas cities bidding for the morning the stream would equal the
1935 high-water mark of 40 feet 9 inches.
San Saba, the hardest hit, was returning to normal tonight after j the San Saba river, which climbed to a record high of 45 feet to inundate a large part of the town Saturday, receded to 20 feet, and continued falling.
The fall was halted temporarily during the morning by a four-inch downpour last night, but resumed again at noon. Last night's pre -| clpitation brought rainfall for the I section since last Tuesday to more
KNOXVILLE Julv 25— ZP)—The Tennessee Valley Authority s power rates were based on a "calculated risk” but they are making money. TVA Director David E. Lilienthal testified today before a congressional Investigation committee.
The director asserted that while the rates were fixed In the TVA's Infancy, five years before any allocation of costs, they have withstood the test of time and are. in fact, "too high.”
"These reckless statements fnat we do not know the cost of power," he said, and that we are losing money on our rates have no shred of justification in fact."
Lilienthal admitted that he established the rates and announced them without board approval as charged by Dr Arthur E. Morgan, deposed chairman of the agency who testified last week.
He defended this action by declaring the board had authorized him to formulate a basks for negotiations with municipalities clamoring for TVA power and that hp reported on steps leading to the actual rate fixing.
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ALLRED PRAISES O’DANIEL
AUSTIN, July 25—AP—James V. Allred, governor of Texaa the last three and one-half years, requested his friends today to cooperate wholeheartedly with \V Lee O'Daniel, who is virtually certain to become governor
Allred voiced the opinion the Fort lVorth flour broker would make a governor of w hom Texas would be proud.
Allred called O’Daniel'* triumph "a victory unparalleled not only in the history of Texaa but of the nation." "It is his petsonal victory,” the governor said, “and due to his efforts alone.**
"Unquestionably Mr. O'Daniel has a big job ahead, lie cannot carry out his program without the wholehearted cooperation of all the people and all other public officials. I hope he gets it; and personally and "fficially I shall be glad to assist him in any possible manner.
"The first step in a program of cooperation should be taken by Mr. O’Daniel's friends at the county conventions Saturday.
"W. Lee O’Daniel is a fine, clean christian gentleman. Ile has a fine family; and Mrs. O'Daniel is a lovely lady. They are simple and unpretentious, but the type of family anyone should be Happy to have in their own home.
vlted O'Daniel to visit Washington.
O'Daniel smilingly asked lf there were any "professional politicians'' in Washington.
" Yes," Robert replied “I hope you will come up and help me to get rid of them.'
In other way* the backlash of the astonishing election was continuing at O'Daniel'* brick residence. Telegrams, telephone calls and letters continued to pour in from members of the legislature, state officials and just plain citizens.
O'Daniel planned to leave tomorrow for a vacation of a week or IO days with Mrs. O’Daniel, their sons, Pat and Mike, and daughter. Molly. The destination was not announced.
Speculation developed, meanwhile. over whether delegates to the state democratic convention to be held Sept. 13 in Beaumont would
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FORT WORTH. July 25—UP) —W Lee O’Daniel and his "Hill Billy" orchestra have been deluged with offers of theater and hotel dance engagements.
The offers have come by telephone. telegraph, mail and personal representation, but they haven’t gotten anywhere. O’Daniel has turned them all down.
"My job is going to be governor of Texas," he said.
The "Hill Billy Boys,” a seven-member orchestra which includes his two sons. Pat and Mike, travelled with O Daniel on his sensational campaign for the governorship.
Injured Dublin Man Near Death
BAIRD. July 25 —(Spl)—George M. Sitton. 38, Dublin produce man, lay at the point of death tonight in Griggs hospital here with a seventh vertebral fracture following an automobile mishap five miles west of Baird late Sunday night.
A specialist from Fort Worth is expected to operate tomorrow morning with a chance in a hundred to save his life.
Sitton was one of three seriously j injured in the wreck. He also sus-j tained five broken ribs and was paralyzed from the waist down-1 ward. Carl Billingsley, aviator and ; former employe of the Abilene airport, and Luther Pittman, both of Dublin, received severe gashes.
The car in which they were rid-I ing skidded on the wet pavement atfer stilting a soft shoulder on I highway 81 and was sideswiped by another car.
Condition of Luther Pittman was considered about the same, attendants at the Hendrick Memorial hospital said last night. He was still considered in a critical condition.
Majority For O'Daniel Now Over 28,000
Col. Thompson Congratulates Next Governor
DALLAS, July 25—UP)—W. Lee O'Daniel’* majority in the race for governor continued to pile up today, while the flour merchant who entered politics by way of his advertising broadcast went on the air on another commercial program to thank Texans for their votes.
O Daniel's majority over the field of eleven other candidates—some of them seasoned campaigners—was 28.340 at the 6 p. rn. tally of the Texas Election Bureau, and officials did not expect the approximately 60.000 votes outstanding would alter the outcome.
~ AUSTIN, July 25 — (AP) — Railroad Commlxsioner Ernest O. Thompson, who ran second in Saturday’s primary in the governor's race, tonight wired his congratulations to the winner, W. Lee O'Daniel.
"In all sincerity," messaged Thompson. "I offer my wholehearted congratulations on your unprecedented victory and my earnest co-operation in every effort to promote the welfare of the people of Texaa.’*
Defeat of Rep. Maury Maverick, outspoken congressman from San Antonio and of Rep. Morgan, slated ultimately to become chairman of the house ways and means committee, appeared to be certain. Rep. W. D. McFarlane trailed Ed Cosset t in another congressional race, but Gossett still lacked enough votes for a majority.
The status of prospective runoff races for other state offices was uncertain. Walter Woodul held a lead over Gerald Mann for attorney general, with 291,415 and 276,196 votes respectively. It was between G. A. Sadler of Longview and incumbent C. V, Terrell with 216,547 and 247,550 respectively for railroad commissioner.
The other run-off races; for land commissioner, Bascom Giles and incumbent William H. McDonald; supreme court, incumbent Ben Criti and W. H. Davidson of Beaumont; judge of the court of criminal appeals, unexpired term, Harry N. Graves and James A. Stephens; lieutenant governor, Pierce Brooks and Coke Stevenson.
Seven Days Of Rain Break July Record
And on the eighth day -Monday) the rain ceased, and the clouds parted and Fort Phantom Hill reservoir came near turning loose IO billion gallons of floodwater on an unsuspecting countryside.
Rainfall for month, up to date, totaled 7 94 inches, breaking all previous records for the month of July. The previous high-mark of 7 82 inches was set in 1902.
The week’s total, seven days of rain, totaled 7 45 inches. Rainfall for the year stands at 29 17 inches, far ahead of normal and of last year.
Sweetwater Men In Legislative Run-Off
SWEETWATER, July 25—(Spl.) —Two Sweetwater men, Temple Dickson and Marshall H. Pior, will contest for the office of 117th legislative district representative in the August primary.
Dickson led the field with 3,556 votes; Pior receiving 2,224 ballots. Charlie A. Jones of Rotan, whose home county gave him a big backing. was a strong contender for runner-up in the early returns, but as the last county came rn he dropped to third with a total of 1,767,
Ranee Dockery, Colorado, received 1.252 ballots; and the fifth man was John Barry Hubbard, I,-041.
The vote by counties:
Mitchell Nolan Fisher
Dockery Jones . Hubbard
Pior . Dickson ,
PICTURESQUE BUT NOT NEW—
Lee O'Daniel's Method Of Campalning Just An Instance
Huey Long Tried It—^Alfalfa Bill Won O n Cheese And Crackers Campaign
C. M. LARGENT
and Mrs I argent celebrated their veisauy la* January.
WASHINGTON. July 25—UP— They get into office (and stay in) by picturesque methods sometimes, and the "hill-billy” band which helped make W Lee O'Daniel governor of Texas is just an instance.
He had. as a matter-of-fact, a fore-runner In his taste for rustic music as a bait for votes, and this was none other than that supreme political strategist, the late Huey P. Long.
When Long Invaded Arkansas in 1930 in behalf of Senator Hattie Caraway, he was accompanied by an Ozark mountain "hill-billy band” and a sound truck. A whirlwind The heaviest feed crop in history j campaign of a week s duration con-is prac tically assured and cotton is verted what was considered certain expected to more equal the average defeat into victory for Mrs. Cara-i yield despite drtauc a. ac act cuts. j way.
In the iiame year Tom Berry tried a variation of this technique in South Dakota. Running for governor, he toured the state with a group of ’ndians in full regalia and a loud-playing brass hand. He won.
-CAVIAR C AMPAIGN”
But "hill-billy bands" and brass bands are by no means the whole story of unusual campaign methods. Senator Reynolds iD-NC) came to Washington originally after a successful "caviar campaign’’ against the then incumbent senator. Cameron Morrison.
Morrison, he would say at his meetings t which he reached in an ostentatiously antiquated automobile), dwelt in luxury in Washington and ate caviar. (The word caviar was uttered rn a tone of
"And do you know what caviar is?" Reynolds would ask. He would pause and then let the citizenry have the awful news:
old friend and an older car he toured the state, stuffing hts pockets pach morning with cheese and crackers Always, in a spot where all the citizens could see. he would
Barber And Outlaw In Run-Off Race
SWEETWATER. July 25—(Spl.) —Truett Barber, Colorado, will contest George C. Outlaw in the August primary for his office a.s district attorney of the 32nd judicial district.
In a three-way race. Barber polled 3.722 votes to 3,529 for Outlaw, while Zollie C. Steakley of Sweetwater received 2,931.
All return* were complete, except Borden county:
Steakley Barber Outlaw
They are fish eggs, and Russian sit on the running board and eat
fish eggs at that."
William Hale Thompson's election as mavor of Chicago on a basis of what he would do to King George V, if he ever found himself close enough to that monarch Is well remembered. He would. Thompson loudly proclaimed, "but” his majesty "in the snoot." -ALFALFA BILL” MURRAY The renowed "Alfalfa Bill” Murray. returning to Oklahoma broke after an ill-fated venture Into Bo-
his homely lunch.
The exception and the political phenomenon of the house is Rep. George Holden Tinkham, republican, w hose district lies in Boston's back bay. He puts on no show for the voters. In fact, he goes to Europe in campaign years and returns only in „ime to cast his vote.
Right now, he is the envy of many a perturbed candidate,
anxiously and earnestly discussing issues or racking weary brains for
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MIDLAND, July 25—Jame^ H. Goodman. Midland, led Clyde A. Bradford, incumbent, by 250 votes, latest returns from the 88th district legislative race showed.
SEYMOUR, July 25.—UP)—'W. A. Cockrell, 71, pioneer farmer of
Westover, in east Baylor county, was killed today in a head-on collision between his car and a truck
llvia, ran a "cheese and crackers” some new antic that would attract driven by E N. New of Gilliland, campaign for govexnor. With an J attention—and votes. I New was uninjured.