Abilene Reporter News (Newspaper) - June 26, 1938, Abilene, Texas
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VOL LYM I. NO. 28.ABILENE. TEXAS. SUNDAY MORNING, JUNE 26, 1938. TWENTY-EIGHT PAGES IN THREE SECTIONS i— ,lr, PRICE 5 CENTSEUROPE AGAIN ON EDGE
Spanish Threat, Italian Retort Stir New War Scare
ROOSEVELT'S 'FIRESIDE CHAT' INTER PRETED I
\S PRESAGING ll
REALIGNMENT BY 1940
• Bv KIRKE L. SIMPSON
WASHINGTON, June 25.—(>F>— President Roosevelt’s rallying cry to “liberals” over the country, regardless of party lines, heralded another advance toward some form of party m realignment by 1940.
“ While the fighting character of the Friday night presidential chat with the "real rulers of this coun
try—the voters" v*.. fully expected, the outspoken manner in which Roosevelt declared his purpose as party leader to Intervene rn democratic primary contests wherever liberalism by New Deal standards was at stake came as a surprise.
It was coupled with the plain warning by the president that election of "liberals” of any other party
faith would be more welcome In New-Deal eyes than return to power of
democrats openly hostile to or rendering only lip service to New Deal objectives.
In the light of that Roosevelt speech, and of the probable nature of the many others he has arranged to deliver within the next three weeks, the fighting for control of
the democratic party in 1940 was no more than started. The obvious stake at issue, even lf the president
did not mention it, Is his hope of refashioning the democratic party into an outright liberal party shaped to enforce New Deal political, social and economic philosophy.
In effect, Roosevelt has sought to read out of the democratic party
at one sweep all opponents to liberalism as he defines that term.
No less bluntly the president disclosed and waved aside harmony
and go-slow councils among his own
"associates." Whether that refers to the practical political advice of such aides as Postmaster General Farley, or to the reputed Inslstanee by Vice President Gamer on a halt
in the onward march of New Deal reforms Is not clear.
But it does emphasize the mood in which the president is personally Joining battle to rally voter support to his cause.
Roosevelt's belligerent attitude, his direct appeal to voters of all parties for help in carrying out his redeclared program of reforms,
again raises the question whether the only logical outcome ut his renewed drive must not be his own third-term candidacy in 1940 That probably Is a question the president himself has set aside for future consideration although his most intimate official family associates doubt that he desires another term
PWA Takes A Bow On Share Prices' Saree
Heavy Industries Get Big Orders As Projects Begin
WASHINGTON, June 25—</P — Pubhr works official smiled broadly today at the weeks gain in siock market quotations and pointed without comment to $322,000,000 of PWA orders moving into the heavy industries.
That amount of basic construction materials, they said, would be required by the $440,585,029 of nonfederal projects allotted during the last three days and the $150,000,000 of federal works now in the mill. The two items are a part of the lending-spending program.
Administrator Ickes and others of the PWA high command refrained from official statement that recent buoyancy in securities reflected PWA preparations to spend, but they saw to It that reporters were duly supplied with a breakdown of the materials to be ordered
HOPKINS PLACES ORDER
Harr:* L. Hopkins* WPA administrator, said the materials, one of the largest orders he ever has placed, would be used on Works-Progre>s projects to keep an average of 2 800.000 enrollees at work, PWA. heading toward $600,00v.OOO of construction, announced grants totaling $49,052,950 for 265 federal projects and allotments of $4,238,-260 in grants and $24,000 in loans for 22 other non-federal projects Today’s allotments brought the total number of new' projects to 2042 at an estimated construction cost of $499,056,339.
Non-federal projects, the bulwark of the program, total 1,77*? for which the government has committeed $201 290.755 of grants and $24,282.-500 of loans. Applicants are pledged tp provide the remainder through local financing.
West Texas Towns Seek PWA Projects
West Texas is out to get its full sharp of the billions of dollars Involved in the new spending-lenrimg program of the federal government So far, it is doing very well for itself in this respect.
late?' project to receive presi-drntial approval is tile $65,454 water project a* Hamlin. Notice of the approval was wired to Hamlin by Congressman Clyde L. Garrett Fi t day. The money Is to be used to add a third lake to the city's municipal water supply.
Earlier in the week, approval was received on the $225,000 Big Spring waterworks program, the $45,000 grant for the Haskell hospital and a $8,000 loan for the Winters school.
Meanwhile. Ballinger has filed application for a grant of $13,500 of a $30,000 school Improvement
See PWA. Tg. It, Col. 4
Haskell Farmer's Death Held Suicide
Act Fulfills Oft Repeated Threat
HASKELL. June 25.— iSpl.)— A verdict of suicide was rendered this afternoon in the death of Jack Sellers, 35, which occurred about 2 o'clock at his farm home nine miles northwest of Haskell. Tile inquest was conducted by Justice of the Peace Bruce Clift, aided by County Attorney Walter Murchison and Sheriff Giles Kemp.
Sellers killed himself by firing a bullet from a .38 calibre automatic pistol through his heart. The act fulfilled, his wife said, a threat which he had made often in the past several months.
Mrs. Sellers told officers that her husband repeated hts threat early this afternoon. After pleading with him for about 30 minutes, she said she sent one of their children to summon a neighbor. In the meantime Sellers walked from the room, and fired one shot from the revolver. He slumped to the floor of the kitchen, and was dead when she reached him, Mrs. Sellers reported.
The body was taken in charge by Holden Funeral home, and rites were set tentatively for Sunday afternoon.
Immediate survivors are his wife; fouj; childre", and two brothers, George and E. V. Sellers of Haskell.
How 'Miracle' Happened—
NAZIS SACRIFICE PRIVI LEGES FOR PROSPERITY
• Editor's . .ote: When the Hitler regime announced this week a new decree enabling the government to draft anyone in the country for labor purposes because of a “labor shortage,** most readers asked whether Germany’s unemployment problem really had been solved and lf so how it was done. In thefol-lowing story, the chief of the Associated Press bureau in Berlin tells what has happened and the price paid for the results*
Bv LOLIS P. LOC HNI R BERLIN, June 25.—Reichs-
I fuehrer Adolf Hitler, during a pe-I Hod of world-wide depression, has worked a seeming economic miracle in the labor field.
Not only has unemployment been reduced from 6,000,OOO at the time of his assumption of power In January, 1933, to 338.000 today.but his administration has embarked upon such gigantic public works schemes that there is a shortage of skilled workers.
How did Hitler do it?
Hitler, realising his rrgime was to standor fall on the solution of the unemployment problem, laid aside all considerations
for personal liberty, private preferences, regard for foreign countries and individual savings, and subordinated these to the needs of the state.
Also, the government went into business on a large scale and went in ltto stay.
Hitler in 1933 built an economic wall around Germany and prevented any capital from leaving except for the purchase of essential raw materials with government approval.
Owners of capital with'n Germany were compelled to disgorge and place
See GERMANY, Pg. 12. Col. 4
LIGHT TO MEDIUM—
Rain Falls On Wide Area
MOISTURE BOON TO COTTON,
FEED CROPS AND PASTURES
Precipitation General To Northwest;
Inch Measured At Abilene Bureau
Showers ranging from light to medium fell over much of West Texas Saturday.
Although rainfall thus far had been light, overcast skies gave farmers and ranchmen hope that more precipitation is in store.
With the grain harvest virtu* Ty complete farmers are anxious to
-----------------I receive rain for the benefit of young
cotton crops and still younger row-crops of feed. Pastures, too, are burning rapidly.
2-DAY RAIN AT JAYTON Heaviest rains were reported to the north of Abilene, where first shower* were received Friday. At Jayton and surrounding towns, rain has been falling intermittently for two days.
Southward was found lighter fall, with Coleman and Ballinger receiving only sprinkles of negligible value. In Abilene, downtown station of the weather bureau reported an inch had been measured at 10:30 as the fall continued. Probable local thundershowers are predicted today.
The weather may, swinging in a circle around Abilene:
BAIRD reported light sprinkles. ALBANY was receiving a steady rain last night, beginning early in the evening,
ANSON streets were running full of water last night after two hours or more of steady rainfall.
STAMFORD received showers throughout ihp day,
HASKELL and all of Haskell county received at least three-fourths of an inch of rain. MUNDAY skies were driping mist
Beer Salesmen Nabbed At Fete
Suspect Given Delay In Trial
SOUTH PARIS. Me, June 25 — (J5—Defense counsel won an extended trial date today for Francis kl. Carroll. 43. World war veteran accused of a brutal murder for which schoolboy Paul N. Dwyer, 18. now' serves life imprisonment.
Clyde H. Chapman, one of Carroll's counsel, was granted until July 2 to prepare the defense to a grand jury indictment charging Carroll slew Dr. James G. Littlefield. 67, of South Park*.
Chapman requested the ttme extension because, he said, when he entered the case. Carroll, a church deacon, was under $20,000 bail on a morals charge involving his oldest daughter, Barbara. 18, once an intimate friend of Dwyer. But with return of the murder Indictment more time would be needed, he said.
Fear, or a quixodic desire or both, officers indicated today, apparently prompted Dwyer to plead guilty to the aged physician’s slaying Oct. 13 at his November trial and withhold Information special state Prosecutor Ralph M. Ingalls described as "detrimental” to Carroll’s future.
It was this knowledge, contained in letters reputedly written to Dwyer by Barbara Carroll that provided the motive for murder when Dr. Littlefield became aware of their contents, said Investigating officers.
Dwyer also confessed he strangled the doctor's wife. Mrs. Lydia Littlefield, 63, but no mention of her death entered the current proceedings. But a further check was being made on Dwyer's claim he killed the woman two days after her husband’s death.
See RAIN, Pg. 9. CoL I
Rain Halts Jubilee But Citizens Glad
ASPERMONT. June 25 —There) were no sighs of dr-appomtment here today that a driving rain last night abbreviated the three-day Golden Jubilee, commemorating Stonewall county’s 50th anniversary.
The I 1-2 inch rain served as a climax to the second day, dedicated to old-timers. At least 5,000 persons thronged the picnic grounds at Lake Sellers for the barbecue, attended tile rodeo and stayed for two dances. Likewise, they heard Ernest O. Thompson present his candidacy for governor.
It was quiet on the front today, but there were smiles from cattlemen who are assured grass for the summer. The only thing on program was a dance tonight.
49ers Show Makes Money,- Closes With Hanging Sentence’ For Liquor Officer
I^ist night s rain was considerably less than no help at all to the closing performance of the Traveling Men's associations 49rrs carnival, but there will be a cash balance for charity. Exact figures on the carnival's profit will not be available until all the expenses are paid, sometime this week.
Several hundred persons visited the celebration late in the afternoon and before the rain started Mast of them stayed until after the performance of the Anson Cowboy'* Christmas ball troup. playing games, visiting the concessions and watching the Anson twins in a series of I floor shows.
I Judge Bean, alias J P Stinson, officially closed his coml about IO;30 by hearing a ease against John, Coates, district supervisor of the liquor control board, Coates was charged with botomey which, ac-1 cording to the judge’s Interpretation, consisted of depriving Abilen-lans of proper places to buy whiskey, j wine and beer. He was stripped of j ! his valuables and turned over to the bailiff with the recommendation t that he be hanged.
In officially claslng the carnival. L. B. Jackson, club president, issued . a letter of thanks to the committees, business houses and visitors who1 "helped make our show a success.” I
Officers Arrest 4 Bootleggers At Aspermont
Bootleggers from other towns took advantage of Aspermont'a celebration of the Stonewall County Oolden Jubilee to set up "beer concession*” in that town, John W. Coates, district supervisor of the liquor control board, said Saturday.
As a result, he reported, three men from other towns were charged in Stonewall county court with sale of beer in a dry territory and assessed fines. A fourth man, resident of the county, was charged with sale of whiskey and possession for purpose of sale after a raid by agents of the liquor board.
"Citizens of the county conducted an orderly celebration,” said Coates. "and with the exception of this one man. did not sell illegal liquors." WIDE-OPEN
Beer venders from other town*, however, set up wide-open dispensaries. according to Coates, He said they came to Aspermont with beer iced down in tubs in their cars, selling their wares openly. One person, he said. placed his tub of beer outside his car, on the ground, in the heart of the festival area.
Two automobiles were confiscated by agents, but later released. Two men were fined $50 and costs, each, on pleas of guilty.
A nineteen-year-old boy was fined $25 and costs. He said he had never sold beer before, but that he was told by friends that he could make a good profit by selling in Aspermont during the celebration.
The youth said he had sold $3 50 of beer before his stock was confiscated. He lost f $24 stock of beer. paid a $25 fine and court cos’.'
The beer venders were taken into custody Friday afternoon.
Friday night a liquor board agent “made a buy” of whiskey from a Stonewall county man, and shortly afterwar^ raiding liquor men found 12 pints of whiskey and ll pints of wine on his premises. He has been charged in county court with sale of whiskey, and possession of whiskey for purpose of sale
Abilene Youth Killed In Fall From Train
Mrs. Lula Smith left early Saturday afternoon for Vinita, Okla.. to return to Abilene with the body of her son, 22 year old Billy Smith, who died Saturday in a Vinita hospital. The young man was fatally injured at Parsons. Kansas, early this morning when he fell under a freight train from which he was alighting in the Parsons train yards.
Both legs and one arm weie cut off by the train wheels. He was rushed to the Vinita hospital for treatment, but died about four hours after the accident The body Is to be returned to Abilene by his brother. Gerald Smith, who is connected with a funeral home at Altus, Okla. Other funeral arrangements were Incomplete Saturday night.
Billy visited his mother here about two weeks ago. His wife and 2-year old daughter were visiting her parents at Hubbard. Other survivors are two brothers, Gerald and V. R, Altus. Okla.; and a brother and sister. Gene and Mary Frances, living with their mother.
Wheat Revenue For 13 Counties Over 2 Millions
Crop Nearly All In Bins; Yield In Knox County Tops
By RAY DAVIDSON
When a few more scattering fields are harvested, central West Texas’ 1938 wheat crop will be In the bins.
Nearly all combines will quit running this weekend or within the next few days, after three weeks of night-and-day work. Starting immediately will be a few weeks of threshing grain reaped by binder.
The crop has been disappointing. A combination of rain, hail, wind, Grasshoppers and low prices have made the Income only a portion of what it promised, a few months ago, to be.
But even so. a conservative estimate shows the wheat crop alone to be worth $2,280,000 in 13 counties .surrounding Abilene. The same territory produced a crop last year worth $5,000,000.
Top producer this year was Knox county—a rolling, semi-plains country. Haa not the early April freeze set back the crop there, its size would have been unequalled in pre-I vious history.
SHIP 375 CARS But. with setbacks, the comity is -shipping 375 cars of wheat, 1.400 bushels to the car. besides that being stored at home, W. W. Rice, county agent, reported -vt mid-week that 321 cars had been shipped, with 50 more expected to move.
Taylor county, with 50.000 or 60,000 acre* sown to wheat, is producing approximately 580,-000 bushel* of that grain. The yield I* something like IO bushels per acre—distressingly low. Haskell county is another heavy producer, with 560,000 bushels this year. Production there is averaging 14 bushels per acre— tops for this area this year. Although adverse weather prevented central West Texas from producing more small grain than last year’s record crop, other sections oi the grain belt are harvesting more.
The crop is as much as 30 per cent better In sections of Kansas and Nebraska Also, there is a big carryover of grain from last year. CURRENT PRICE 63 CENTS So prices are low. The season opened at 55 cents, rose as high as 65 cents in Abilene, and Saturday was standing at 63. The average price received will be slightly above 60 cents, It is estimated.
Producing better, but selling at even poorer prices, are oats. The market opened this spring at 15 cents—as compared to a 50 of 60 cent normal for oats. Now it bas risen back to 20 cents, and farmers are selling but little. Most of them demand 25 cents. Either that or the oats go into the barns, for this grain is the easiest of all feeds to store. Production of oats is averaging 35 bushels per acre in most Central West Texas counties, though dropping as low as 15 in a few localities. County Agent W. T. Magee optimists GRAIN, Pg. 9, Col 2
Newspaper Photographer Calmly Snaps Picture Of Assailant Shooting At Him
KNOXVILLE, Tenn . June 25 —(/Pi—A newspaper photographer stood calmly today while bullets whistled about him and snapped a picture of the man who was accused of the shooting.
Ed McNew. 64 head of a professional bonding house, was charged with firing toward Howard Jones of the Knoxville Journal when the photographer raised his camera.
McNew had Just stepped from his office on his way to city court to face charges growing out of a traffic accident, when Jones prepared to take his picture.
McNew previously had refused to permit a cameraman to take his picture, asserting "I'm no criminal."
Police Capt. Howard Luster, who witnessed the shooting, said Jones remained calm, although the bullets came close. Luster and other officers disarmed McNew
Squire J. P Staley said later he had issued warrants charging the bondsman with felonious assault with intent to commit murder In first degree, and carrying a weapon
Hunt For Young Heir Fruitless
Buzzards Flock To Mountain Scene
Where Searchers Fear Youth Died
ALBUQUERQUE. N. M, June 25 —(ZP)—Darkness called a halt tonight to the search of Sandia peak's rugged slopes for Medili McCormick, 21-year-old heir to the McCormick publishing fortune, who has been missing since Wednesday on a mountain climbing expedition.
Like birds of 111 omen, lazy buzzards wheeled slowly in the darkening
sky as the last of the acorea of
EVENTS TO COME IN WEST TEXAS
BALLINGER — Ballinger* 52d birthday celebration. June 29.
Annual 4-H club boys encampment, on the Colorado river, Lon Muncy place. July 21 and 22.
BUTMAN—Annual Butman Ro-deo-Picnic, Butman school, June 31 and July I.
BIG SPRING—The annual cow-oyb reunion and rodeo, July 2, 3, and 4.
CISCO.—Oil Belt Bathing revue and celebration, Lake Cisco, July 2, 3 and 4
STAMFORD.—The Texas' Cowboy reunion. July 4, 5 and 6.
CROSS PLAINS —Fifty-Seven th
anniversary celebration, July ll.
COLEMAN.—Third annual Coleman rodeo, July 13-16.
ANSON.—The Jones County Folk festival. July 14-16.
SWEETWATER.—Goddess of West Texas Revue and Water Carnival, July 14-15.
BUFFALO GAP—Taylor county old settlers’ reunion. July 15-16
ALBANY. SWEETWATER, SNYDER, BIG SPRING, and intermediate points—Hereford herds of this near will be visited by a Texas Hereford association tour July 12-14.
Ward County Suit Cleared
MONAHANS. June 28— <Spn — The cloud of lnjunctiona had been removed today from the Ward county horizon
Judge J. A. Drane of 109th district court, presiding over his session of court held in Kermit this morning dismissed the fifth and last injunction suit filed to date in the Barstow-Monahans battle over the county seat of Ward county and the removal of the court records to Monahans.
The fifth lnjuctlon case had been filed in an effort to secure an order for removal of the court records back to Barstow, after these had been taken to Monahans on a commussioners court order The records w ere removed to the new county seat under the direction of County Judge Snelson. County Attorney Tom Neah Sheriff Irby Byer and Monahans representatives.
JI DGF ISSUES ORDERS
Judge Drane. in throwing out the injunction case this morning, also ordered the sheriff to move the remainder of the county attorney's office equipment and library from Barstow to Monahans
It was further ordered by the court that Miller, et a1, of the Barstow parties be assessed court casts of the hearing John B Howard of El Paso, attorney for Monahans ann the Ward County Progres-court today to depresent his clients slve association, was present in He was accompanied to Kermit by O. O. Walker. Jr., Rutherford and Joe Vandiver of Monahans
The only case left on the district court dockets pertaining to the Monahans - Barstow controversy concerns the voiding of the last November county spat election. The case will be heard in the October term of court, to be held in Monahans.
Rail Income Off
ST. LOUIS, June 25.—(ZP—Operating revenues of the Missouri Pacific railroad for May. 1938. were reported tonight 13.7 per cent under those of May, 1937, or $6,092,316, a decline of $970,113.
searchers wended a slow way down the treacherous cliffs, on which young McCormick's climbing companion was dashed to death. AWAIT THE DAWN
Only a handful of forest service rangers remained in the mountains over night, and Governor Clyde Tingley ordered the hunt resumed tomorrow with the first daylight, supplies were trucked into the
base camp tonight in readiness for tomorrow s activities.
As the second day of intensive search came to a close, none was able to hazard a guess as to the
fate of Young McCormick. Most,
however, held to the belief his
body was caught in a high crevice of the 6,000-foot peak.
Skilled mountain climbers flew in by plane from Colorado late today to search almost inaccessible crevices and sloping ledges which might hold young McCormick, for whose lift and safety searching parties held little hope.
The battered body of Richard Whitmer, McCormicks climbing companion, was brought into Albuquerque from the mountains 20 miles northeast of Albuquerque, It was found under the towering rock face of a cliff known as "The Shield,’* near the summit of the peak.
MOTHER ON SCENE
Seven veteran climbers were concentrated on the peak late in the day as Governor Clyde Tingley and Mrs, Ruth Hanna McCormick Simms, who personally directed the search, refused to permit the inexperienced to dare the sheer heights.
Mrs Simms, stoic but with dwindling hopes, stayed at the search base in Juan Tabo canyon at the foot of the mountains.
Loyalists Warn Of Retaliation For Air Raids
ll Duce Replies His Planes Will Wipe Out' Spain
By The Associated Press Europe was plunged into a new war scare tonight by* Spanish government threats of bombing reprisals against Italy and a quick warning from Rome that Italy would meet such reprisals by wiping Spanish government cities off the The scare started by disclosure the Spanish government at Barcelona had threatened to bomb "Italian-dominated*’ towns to the Balearic Islands, Just off Spain’s east coast
It was heightened by reports from sources close to the French foreign office that the Barcelona government also had threatened to bomb cities of “those foreign countries" sharing responsibility of bombing of Spanish civilian centers.
Then tonight, cresting fear among French and British diplomats that a general European conflict might break out. Premier Benito Mussolini of Italy notified France his warplanes would destroy government Spain if Spanish planes should bomb Italian cities.
II Duce’s declaration came after the Spanish ambassadors in London and Paris had said their government was planning reprisals against foreign nations whoso planes they accuj-ed of “massacres" among civilians to government I Spam.
Barcelona authorities have insisted that both Italian and German fliers have taken port in bombings of civilians behind their Lines. Even today, reports came from Madrid an estimated IOO were killed and 230 injured in a swift 15-minute raid by insurgent bombers in the Spanish government port of Alicante. Seventy buildings were destroyed whrii the raiders dropped 56 explosive and incendiary bombs before the government aircraft could chase them away. WOMEN, CHILDREN SLAIN The casualties included many women and children standing in I food lines when the sudden attack started. Ruins were searched for other passible victims. Barcelona dispatches said Valencia had again Premier Mussolini's warning was given to the French foreign office by the Italian charge d’affalrs, Rena to Primas, who said the first Spanish government bombs dropped on Italy would open war.
He said the Lallan army and navy quickly would follow the fascist airplanes and utterly destroy ' government Spain.
Diplomats es pressed fear open warfare between government
See SPAIN, Pf. 9, Col. I
Former Slave Will Attend Vets Reunion
HUGO, Okla, June 26.—(Ab— Turner Hall, 95-year-old Hugo negro and former slave, will leave Monday to attend the reunion of the "blue and gray” at Gettysburg, Pa.. June 27-July 6 although he was not enlisted in the Civil war.
“Uncle Turner," who was bom in Rankin county, North Carolina. said he belonged to the "family firm of General Nathan B. Forrest.” acting as orderly during the war. He came to Oklahoma in 1903 while It was still Indian territory.
SHU I NI and Wrtnliy: Trohably loc*
WI ST TK VSS: Tartly cloudy, thunder shower* In aouth. cooler Iii nomhe** port>aa -anda*. Monday partly ( load) warmer In the Panhandle
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^ Rainfall for 24 hours ending at It p. rn
AS INTEREST RISES-
Road Bonds, Poll Tax, Oil Issue Figure In Race
Bv RAYMOND BROOKS
AUSTIN, June 25—Weary candidates Saturday night looked down the road four weeks to primary election day in an ardous campaign whose main feature has been its few sparks and less fire
Road bonds, a poll tax—the lack of it—oil shutdowns and the budding business recovery have borne upon the governor’s race this past week. The attorney generals and railroad commission races have been strenuous and just as prosaic as the governor's.
The week saw Tom F Hunter of Wichita Falls halt his aggressive
campaign for governor, when his young daughter was stricken with pneumonia; and anxious hours at her bedside supplanted the campaign grind.
The business recovery made the bolder and bolder promises of various candidates for bigger old-age pensions than can be paid ring hollow, and presaged a soft-pedal for this phase of campaign promising already discredited by Oklahoma's fiasco and federal restrictions.
Rival candidates William McGraw and Finest Thompson "offset” each other with major official
developments out of their present offices. McGraw made effective a ruling that released a $4,900,000 surplus of the state fund to assume county bonds; announcing It will ; distribute money to 223 counties and enable many of them to cut out their local rates.
Thompson in a dramatic announcement said the emergency in oil production has passed and the Sunday and Saturday shutdowns of all the 76,000 Texas oil wells Is no longer necessary. Chmn, C. V. Terrell of the rail commission, who la
Se* POLITICS, Tg. 12, Col 6