Abilene Reporter News (Newspaper) - June 19, 1938, Abilene, Texas
-ILFilth Of State ‘Undecided’, Dark Horse Vote May Elect Governor
(Editor s Note: This is the first of three pre-primary polis in the governor’s race, conducted by this and several cooperating newspapers widely scattered over Texas. Others will follow July 3 and July 17j (Copyright, 1938)
By RAYMOND BROOKS AUSTIN, June 18—Texas has dark-horse voters, as well as dark-horse candidates—enough of them to decide the governor's race in July.
During the past week, as the campaign shifted from apathy to fervor, the outstanding disclosure of a check in many sections was that, with all the talk, at least a fifth of the voters have not made up their minds. That represents a bloc of around 200,000 voters, and a highly significant factor in the outcome July 23.
A straw poll, made by a number of cooperating newspapers, dealing with the governor's race only, bas been evaluated to the basis of IO per cent of the expected vote in each area. It represnts a basis of 10.000 ballots—roughly I per cent of an expected 1,000,000 votes in the primary.
Before the result is outlined, this important qualification is made clear. The poll covers neither the rural sections nor any of the five biggest cities of Texas. It was limited to the areas of the in-between-size cities such as Waco, Port Arthur, Austin, Wichita Falls, so as to strike a balance beween the two extremes, and so the returns would be comparable.
The result has been that the home-town strength of Tom Hunter at Wichita Falls may run somewhat disproportionately high. The home-county strength of Mayor P. D. Renfro of Beaumont—the Jefferson county poll list as a whole was tested—reflects unduly high as a basis for state-wide estimation.
To the figures:
Old man Undecided Voter has a firm grip on second place.
Where he goes will be mighty important in July.
William McCraw is reflected slightly ahead.
Ernest Thompson is indicated about 6 per cent behind him.
Surprisingly bunched close up with Thompson in these returns, are
Lee O'Daniel and Tom Hunter, with the new runner, O'Daniel, less than one-half of one pier cen! ahead of the vetepan campaigner from Wichita Falls.
Karl Crowley, the federal flash, was far back down the stretch, with an indicated 2 votes out cf the IOO. ,
Renfro of Beaumont was running about 4 to the hundred. Clarence Farmer, the Fort Worth big-pension man, was indicated with less than one vote out of the IOO sampled in this state poll. His home strength at Fort Worth may save him from an utter whitewash.
Hunter’s big bundle ol votes was from the five-county Wichita Falls area, when he was high with O'Daniel Just below him, Ernest Thompson crowding O'Daniel, McCraw with two-thirds’ Thompson’s ratio, and the number of “undecided' votes much lower in percentage than in other places.
As was to be expected, Thompson held a substantial “first place” lpad in the Panhandle and Plains area, with the Hillbilly bandman trailing McCraw for second place, and Hunter not far behind O'Daniel.
Elsewhere, McCraw stood in front, all the way from a fractional percentage to the impressive record in the McLennan county area where he was the choice of 60.3 per cent of all the people polled. And the poll, there as elsewhere, was strictly “spot,” taking the voters on a hit-and-miss basis, with no opportunity for any campaign worker to rig the results.
In that area, where the poll was taken immediately after O’Daniel s Waco speech, O’Daniel held a narrow lead over Thompson. Out of 1,000 votes polled, 135 hadn't made up their minds. Fifty-four said they were for Tom Hunter.
Obviously, so limited a poll cannot be accurate for the entire state as an index of the total votes, and it is not so represented. Further, the undecided vote indicates possible extensive realignment. Counter- currents of rural and big-city vote will affect the actual ballot.
But. on the theory that these 10,000 ballots approximate the voters’ response of I per cent of the electorate, as it stands now, the state-wide
See POLITICS, Pg. 2, Col. 2
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EXTENDING OVER ALL GERMANY-Mob Violence Enforces New Nazi Purge Of Jews
'EVERYBODY WORKS BUT FATHER' RELEGATED TO LIMBO TODAY-IT S FATHERS' DAY
By MAURINE ROE
Like father, like son!
What a tribute on any day, particularly on Fathers' Day. What mere tribute could a proud father ask than that his son, or sons, follow in his footsteps?
Father's Day, like Mother-in-law day made famous by Amarillo's Oene Howe, had Its origin in a serious effort to eras? jests at persons who, after all, are pretty nice people to have around
It started In 1910, In Spokane, Wash., when Mrs. John Bruce
Dodd decided that It was time to quit making a Joke out of father. The observance was her protest against such songs as “Everybdy Works But Father,” and "Father, Dear Father, Come Home with Me Now" which were enjoying a certain popularity in that day.
Just look around.
Doctor, lawyer, merchant, preacher, baker, teacher, tailor—in almost every profession and line of business sens in Abilene are paying their highest tributes to their fathers.
Some of those sons will be wearing the white rose for their fathers —men who founded not only the business in which their boys are still carrying on but the city itself. Yes, a red ros*1 on the lapel for a father who is living; a white one for the father who is dead, is Just as appropriate as the floral insignias which have long been associated with Mothers' Day.
There are likewise some Abilene mothers who probably are happy over sons who have chosen to honor their fathers by stepping
in at their side or into their shoes in business.
In the medical profession:
Like father, like son, there are many doctors in Abilene. For 45 years, until his death in 1930, Dr. L. W. Hollis, Sr., had ministered to the ills of West Texans of this section. In 1913. his eldest son, Dr. L. W. Hollis, Jr.,- Joined him in the profession: then his second son. a young lieutentnt just out of the navy, completed his work in medicine It was rieht back in Abilene for Dr. Scott W. Hollis, too. The
brothers still carry on. In fact, they are the third generation, their Grandfather Hollis having been a doctor in the Civil War days.
Dr. Jack Estes Jr., is another. His father. Dr. J M Estes Sr., was killed in a California automobile accident last October. But he had seen his son practicing since 1930, advising and working witn him; and likewise a dentist son, Dr. Bob Estes, practicing since 1933.
The Ramseys, four out of five anyway, wear a Dr. on their names. Dr. H. H. Ramsey was a dentist a
half century ago, going by buggy through the country from Fort Stockton to the Menard area to minister to his patients. He is no longer active as a dentist, but two sons, Dr. M. T. Ramsey and Dr. David Ramsey, have their Abilene offices, and a third son, Dr W. R. Ramsey, is a physician and surgeon here. That fourth son—he Just didn't happen to make a doctor or dentist.
Dr. W. B Adamsor s father is a See FATHERS* DAY, Pf. 2, Col. 3.
BECAUSE OF BITTER TASTE—
Three Tots Escape Poison Deaths
VACATION TIME AND SWIMMING DAYS ARE HERE AGAIN
Suicide Is Verdict # In Stroble Death Near Benjamin
Bv HARRY HOLT (Staff Writer*
BENJAMIN. June is — Three children of Julian Stroble. 38-year-old tenant farmer of the Vera community. 15 miles east of here, arc alive at their home because they drank little of a bitt?r-tasttng milkshake prepared by their father.
Stroble died an hour after he emptied one of the foair glaces filled with pirk-looking milk, according to A H Sams. Justice of the peace, who returned a verdict cf suicide
Funeral for the victim Was held at 10:30 o'clock this morning in the Vera community. Tile Rev. Charles Jarrett, pastor of the Primitive Baptist church, officiated.
The children, Lola Jean. 8, Joe Wayne. 4 and Cecil Jeannette. 3, recoiered in a Seymour hospital, where they were rushed by Clifford Roberson. They had complained of “tummy ache.” The two smaller children recovered quickly Lola Jean was severely ill several hours
According to County Attorney J. C. Patterson, one of the ‘nvesliga-tors of the case, when the children comDlnined of pains in the stomach, Strcble told his wife he had given them poison and for her to get help quick. She rushed to the home of Ike Shipman, an uncle of the victim, a quarter of a mile away to secure aki. That was shortly after dusk Frida
Mrs Stroble told officers she and her husband has been working in the field all day. She had been shocking feed and went to drive in turkeys while Stroble went in to turn his teams loose. As the woman approached the house, the older daughter, sintering pain, ran to her mother and complained. When questioned if she had eaten anything, Lola Jean said she hadn’t, but said her daddy had given her a milkshake.
Patterson related that Stroble first denied giving the children anything, then confessed giving the children poison and taking some himself He then turned to the lot, unharnessed his team, turned them to pasture and shut the gate, according to the county attorney. The body was found by Ike Shipman, 450 yards away from the house, lace down.
An unsigned note was found on the person of the victim by Sheriff Louis Cartwright and Deputy O. H Capehart. The officers said the note read as follows: "Let me lay where you find me"
Stroble, a World War veteran, had lived in the Vera community 35 years.
Merkel Oil Man Killed In Crash
Struck By Auto While Standing By Side Of Road
SWEETWATER. June 18— (Spl.) —Dave W Harris, 46. of Merkel, oil company employe, was killed Instantly in an automobile accident west of Trent, just over the line In Nolan county at I a. rn today.
According to reports given the sheriff * department, Herrin, traveling east. had parked his automobile at the right, off the highway. He had crossed the road and was standing beside another car. headed
LANDING GEAR LOCKS, PLANE IS 'MAROONED'
Revulsion Cuts Highway Deaths
AUSTIN. June 18,-iJT Naturel revulsion to ghastly tolls of violent death on the highways was credited by state police today for saving more than 250 lives in Texas the first five months of 1938.
Traffic experts had forecast more than 900 accident deaths by the end of May. basing figures on last year's carnage and the mathematical ratio of increase.
The "black book,” a detailed record of accidents and their cause kept by state police staticians, showed a total of only 656 fatalities through May. a saving of 86 lives as compared with the first five months of 1937. The May toll was 127 The work of various safety agencies together with almost incessant patrolling of “death corridors'* high accident areas—by police also played a part in bringing about the reduction, police officials said.
“But we should not permit ourselves to relax our vigilance on account of the improvement,” Police
Director H H. Carmichael said.
"There is no excuse for the slaughter of innocent lives on the highways and streets. I urge renewed and increased caution, especially WASHINGTON June i8_,/p>_The WPA decided todav the unem- ' increased traffic of sum-
ployrrent problem is a lasting one and can be cooed with bv nothing mer and the vacation period ’*
* permanent program of economic securitv, April'* toll of 92 was the lowest
The relief aep^rv. in a rirvey. explored the Questions of technological recorded this veer unemnloyment. industrial trends, nrioes and wages, then concluded:
"No single program will eliminate the distress resulting from unemployment An integraded and perfected program of insurance, public
W’ork and public assistance will be
River Forces • Japs' Retreat
In the good old summer time it’s time to play. Vacation days can be as pleasant at home in West Texas as far away, and these two mermaids are Just two of the hundreds who are making the most of recreation that is at hand every day. That's Jeanelle Green on the diving board; June
Brahaney Just descending into the water at the Abilene Country club pool. Inviting— isnt it? Tire Reporter-Nrws annual Vacation. Section is included in this issue. Read it and learn how you can enjoy a vacation within a few minutes’ or a few hours' drive.
WPA PROPOSES PERMANENT PROGRAM OF AID FOR PUBLIC
Agency Asks 'Integrated, Perfected'
Effort For Insurance, Public Work
atuos escaped injury.
Harris’ body wa* brought to Sweet water in a Yates ambulance Funeral is to be held here tomorrow at 1:30 p rn. at the Yates chapel, with the Rev. E. D. Dunlap, pastor of the First Baptist church, officiating. The body then will be taken overland to San Angelo for burial.
Hams was a resident of Merkel, but spent part of his time at Crane, where he was employed by the Phillips Petroleum company.
SRU.EMC on* *lrinll>: Mostly cloud)
WEST TEXAS: Parti): cloud*, cmcpl
thundershower- and cooter In Panhandle
today: Monday partly cloud) probabl)
thundershower- la north and rnst-eentral portion- cooler north portion.
E Asp TEX AS: Partly cl*ud> today and Monday, eirept thundershower- and cooler In northwest portion Monday.
NEW Mf.XII Os rani) cloudy today and Monday, thundershower- In north central portion Monday ; cooler southeast portion Monday,
OKLAHOMA: Partly Hood) In east,
local thundershower* In west portion, rooter In northwest portion today: Monday probably thundershowers, rooter in east and south portions.
Kan |r of temperature yestrrda)
in the “black book" while January, with 152. ranked highest.
Wheat Damaged little By Rust
WASHINGTON. June 18 — (4*1 -The agriculture department, in a report on the steam rust situation in the winter wheat belt, said today the Texas crop had not been greatly damaged” but that "considerable" damage may be done the Kansas crop unless weather condition-* •hange.
City To Invite Safety Parley
At least three Abilenians will go to Eastland Monday night to a meeting of th? board of directors of the Oil Belt Safety conference, when selection of a 1939 convention city will be made. The group will meet at 7:30 o'clock.
Going from here will be J. C Watson, Wendell Bedichek and 6.
M. Shelton, all members of the directorate D. G. Barrow, chairman of the chamber of commerce convention committee, said he would likely attend also.
The Abiientans will especially push their city’s bid for the convention next year.
Besides Abilene, Cisco. Mineral | said it was likely such a rate >f in
Wells, Graham and Ranger are crease would continue ’ for some
asking for the concile. I time to come.”
“Under such a program, unemployment Insurance could care for persons who lose their jobs for relatively short periods of time. Poisons unemployed for protracted periods would receive incomes through work programs. Tile mc .st important fact is that unemployment. relief ran no longer be regarded as a temporary problem to be treated on an emergent;* basis "
The WPA experts said ‘im "outmoded local relief of the pre-industrial era” was inadequate to meet the shock of a major depression.
The survey said that in addition to the influences of business cycles and technological improvements on unemployment, the normal Increase of labor supply must be reckoned with. It estimated a 500.OJO annual addition firm this latter source end
DALLAS, June 18—uPi—Alien J Brown. 31. of Dallas, was electrocuted today when he came in contact with electric terminals of a switchboard at the Highland Park pumping alation.
71 70 SO MS
Hot K t J
Highest und lr,writ temperatures to • P. in. \ esters*), OO and 70. -ant* date a )rar aga 07 and 74
'‘unset >e»terd*), 7:47; sunrise tmlae, ft 13; lunar t torii*, 7:411.
KANSAS CITY. June 18—i/D— Naval Pilot Robert Slye, whose scout bomber carrying one passenger was "marooned” over an airport for nearly four hours with a jammed landing gear, landed his craft safely today without injury to either occupant.
The plane, both wheels pulled up out of the way, skidded along on the grass at Fairfax airport, then as it lost speed turned up slightly on its nose and came to a stop without serious damage I Acrnrfiino* to rpnorts aiv*>n th» Pilot Stye previously had dropped
overboard an auxiliary gasoline tank which would have been a hazard in a panrake landing.
The plane circled above the airport from shortly after noon until nearly 4 o'clock as Slye wrestled with
west, said to have beer, from Good- jthp one whe€l whlch *'°uld not snap ^ j into place for a landing.
An automobile driven by William L. Johnson of Abilene, traveling east, crashed into the west bound car. killing Harris and demolishing both machines.
(At Abilene it was learned that Johnson attributed the crash to tire blowout on his car.*
Occupants of both the wrecked
Delay Increases Heavy Drain On Tokyo War Fund
SHANGHAI, June 19—(Sunday >
I — T —China s mighty Yellow river, overflowing its banks with increasing fury, forced the Japanese armies on the north central front to retreat today.
Invading forces which had been almost at the gates of Chengchow, important Honan province railway Junction, in a powerful westward drive along the Lunghai railway, were compelled to abandon newh won territory and head back eastward.
The “no man's land” created by the great flood was widening steadily under continuing rains.
Japanese military activities elsewhere along the Lunghai were stalemated by the devastating surge of wild water.
Although China paid a terrific price in casualties and flooded farmlands, she obtained from nature beneficial military results she was unable to win by arms.
Every day s delay in the Japanese invasion is seen as a measure of victory for the Chinese by increasing the already staggering cost of war to Japan. (Experts in Tokyo recently estimated the Chinese war was costing Japan 15,000,000 a day.
The flood, spreading over 1.600 square miles of Chinese villages and farms, nevertheless has been costly to China Japanese army officials stated 700,000 Chinese have been driven from their homes
Japanese estimates that 50,000 Chinese have died in the floods were scaled down by some missionary and other neutral observers, I
Secret Police Rout Families From Homes
Gentiles Afraid To Sell Food As Camps Are Filled
BERLIN. June 18—UP)—A merciless official campaign against Jews, reinforced by mob action, was extended to all Germany today by secret police orders.
Jews were in panic. Foreign consulates were besieged by men and women trying despairingly to get permission to go to other countries.
CAN'T BUY FOOD
In Worms, famed as Martin Luther’s home, Jews had difficulty getting food because Gentiles were afraid to sell it to them.
Eyewitnesses in Frankfurt said old respectable families were routed from their beds and taken to police headquarters before dawn.
Police officially hitherto were confined to Berlin where they were called officially a drive to "capture anti-social and criminal elements ”
Official estimates of the number arested were lacking, except a report given the controlled press today—the first since the renewed anti-Semitic wave started June I— saying two raids in Berlin resulted In th(k arrest* of 460 Jews, of whom 76 weffc found to be "heavily incriminated,” 26 were “without nationality,” and 51 were foreigners 'without proper papers”
POI REI) INTO (AMPS
Some observers believed, however, ’hat raids yesterday and today led to 500 arrests, and that an estimate of I OOO in Berlin in the last three weeks seemed reasonable. Besides. 1000 were estimated under arrest in the provinces.
Official quarters Insisted police were looking solely for social and criminal element*.'*
At Buchwald concentration camp, near Weimar, it was reported 65 army buses were arriving nightly from Berlin, filled with Jews.
Other centers sent smaller contingents to the camp.
A reliable source declared he had seen a decree signed by Relnhard Heydrich, aide of Secret Police Chief Heinrich Himmler, ordering a checkup on Jews throughout Greater Germany.
BEATING ON STREET
For the second sue esslve night pain: bucket squads applied their brushes vigorously tonight to Jewish st re and cafe fronts in both the West and poor East end* of Berlin.
The huge red-lettered word “Jew” was dabbed on windows and sidewalks.
In some instances grotesque caricatures were drawn of Jews with their heads in a noose.
The paint squads met no resistance.
YOUTHS SAVE WOMAN FROM WATERY DEATH
Mrs. W. R. Trice, 2736 South Fifth, went under the waters of Lytle creek, north of the Bankhead highway, twice yesterday afternoon but efforts of her son, Ernest, 14. and his friend. Victor West, 15, saved her from drowning.
Mrs. Trice and the two boys were having a race across the 12-foot creek. In the middle of the stream, Mrs. Trice commented to an unknown lad who was also swimming, that “it is about eight feet deep here.”
“Eight feet, nothing!” the boy said. "It* 12 feet.”
Mrs. Trice became frightened and went to the bottom. When she came up Ernest and Victor, son of Mr. and Mrs R. Q West, 433 Sewell, attempted to hold her up. She pushed both of them under.
Finally Victor and Ernest and the other boy dragged the woman to a post that was about two feet under water. Mrs. Trice attempted to stand, but fell back in the water and went under again. The three boys finally managed to pull her to the bank.
Mrs. Trice said she was not unconscious, but "if I had gone under once more I would have been.” The boys applier artificial respiration, and she went home she »n by the narrow escape of death.
Dixie Witt also was in the party.
Britain’s Peace Hopes Clouded
Chamberlain Finds New War, Finance Problems To Face
Bv J. f STARK
LONDON. June 18 — 4V-Problems of war and finance put new obstacles today in Great Britain’s path toward friendship with Euro-j pean dictators.,
Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain was confronted with demands from both right and left political factions for firmer resistance but for different reasons.
The opposition charges Ch am be r-; lain has acquiesced in the Italian-German propelled victory for Insurgent Generalissimo Francisco Franco in the Spanish civil war.
London's financial center turned on pressure with prospects of success for a strong government stand against Germany to force her to pay off millions Britons invested in Austrian internal loans.
Germany’s new drive against Jews. in which many were arrested, Jewish homes and gathering places were raided and boycotts of Jewish
stores were stiffened , and Ger-One group was seen to administer many* threatened repudiation of beating to a Jew on
a severe Frankfurter end
avenue in the East
Callahan Bond Issue Cinched
Austrian loans checked sentiment in conservative London quarters favoring a political settlement with the Hitler government — one of the aims of Chamoerlain's policy.
The Jewish purge in Berlin largely overshadowed another vital Central European problem, Czechoslovakia's troubles with autonomy-seeking minorities, especially the Sudeten German
BAIRD. June 18—(Spl.Y—Seventeen of 18 boxes in Callahan county returned a vote of 475 to 381 nazi-supported favoring issuance of $15,000 bonds party Of Konra.. Henlem
for a county-city hospital. The box out is Caddo Peak, with a voting strength of less than 12.
Admiral voted 6 to 17 against.
Lanham ll to 0 against. Atwell 14 to 3 for, Hart 4 to 9 against, and Erath 3 to 4 against.
Berlin kept the issue alive yesterday and today by charging a frontier violation by a Czechoslovak airplane, which Bavarians said flew four miles into Germany while an occupant took photographs of the border area.
LOOK AT THE RECORD, KIDNAPER, AND THINK TWICE—
Statistics Show Risks Make Blood Money Least Profitable Of All Criminal Gains
By JOHN LEAR
NEW YORK, June 18—if—Wait a minute, kidnaper!
W’ho or where you are there is no way telling, but police statistics and the laws of chance say you are there and are planning the next abduction.
Why do you risk the chance?
For money, you say?
That is what Franklin McCall said The Franklin McCall u ho ■ is about to die for stealing little
Jimmy Cash at Princeton. Fla
He got the money- $10,000, but how much was Franklin able to spend before they caught him
Just five dollars—five dollars for a little boy's life
Is it worth it. kidnaper?
John Henry Seadlund is about to die for abducting Charles 8. Ross in Chicago.
Seadlund wanted money for a Rood time He got $50,000. But how 1 much fun did he have watching
federal agents dig up $47,027 from where he had hidden it and seeing $3,000 stolen from his automobile He lost $27 on the deal.
Twenty-seven dollar*—of his own money—for 15 days of trying to hide a helpless old man In the cruel north woods, for widowing an old lady, for a quick trip to eternity.
Suppose you did get away with, the ransom, kidnaper, what would you do with it before they caught up with you (they have caught up
with all but 3 of 117 kidnapers) and put you to death?
Verne Sankev got $60,000 for kidnaping Charles Boettcher, of Denver There was $10,000 to $12,000 left when he saw the end of the trail and hanged himself. He lost most of the rest gambling in Chicago's grain pit*.
But, you say, you have a system?
“Machine gun” Kelley’s gang had a system to sell ransom money to brokers—HOO * worth for $10 or some such arrangement -and hide
the rest. The little left to spend always turned into a clue for the federal agents.
Of the $200,000 the gang collected for kidnapping Charles F. Urschel, $124,000 was recovered. The rest wasn’t much to divide among such a big bunch of cronies and there had to be “cuts’* for lawyers ($10,-000 went to a single attorney) and money changers; for guns and ammunition and hideouts; for
See BLOOD MONEY Pf. 2, Col. I.