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IN8OT PLEA ® WAS UNDER IMPRESSION LIFE WAS IN DANGER, WITNESSES SAY RAVING BEHAVIOR OF PREACHER IS RECOUNTED HOUSTON, June 8 (AP) — Testimony that the Rev. Edgar Eskrldg-e was laboring- under the impression his life was In dan- per the, day Police Chief Ed O'Reilly was shot to death at Orange was heard at the preacher's trial today as the defense Sought to bolster its plea of temporary Insanity. 1 Clarence Keown, Orange oil man, testified that he talked with the minister the day of the killing:, May 29, 1935, and that he heard Eskrldge say: ' "Today. Is my day of execution. I'm going to stay ant! take It like n man." The witness said he tried to quiet the. minister. "I got him to go with me," Keown said. "We went for a ride. He was wild and cursing. He had a .22 rifle In the car with him at the time. He threatened to kill me so I finally left him. I Keown said he had been a busi- nes partner of Eskrldge and told Of various deals In which they bought oil leases. He said none of the Investments Eskrldge wanted to ,make or did make were worth Anything. Keown quoted the preacher as saying he had $30,000 and told of Eskrldge's buying a boat for $500. .; ''When the boat was delivered, i had to go on Eskrldge's note at the bank for the $500 to pay for it," Keown said. Keown's wife, pianist at •Esk- rldge's first Baptist church at Orange, said she noted changes in the pastor that led her to believe he was insane. Defense attorneys said expert testimony would climax their case. WORDS attiz"' f 1 ,. J EYROH. I Twinkles Polities te the polite little game in. which rival candidates for nomination say unforgettable and : unSorgi veable things about, each •'other.. Borah's manager labeled Landon as a staunch friend of the new deal. * * * It would be more accurate to say that the new deal has been a staunch friend to Landon, granting relief which enabled him to make a record for economical administration. * * * Our impression of Mr. Zion- check js that he needs more beauty sleep. •'•,.'.•. . . * * * Sustained courage also is what keeps a , vacationing school teacher going until the next pay check arrives next fall. * * * The West Foster grouch says his idea of a good time would be watching Mr. /ioneheek "struggle" with some landladies of his acquaintance. * * * '• Musing of the moment: The Panhandle Centennial is over. The flags, somewhat hail-beaten and wind whipped, are coming down. The streets are back to liqrmal, but still among the busiest in West Texas. . . Acceptable tq the writer is the more peaceful calm of normalcy. It is 'always pleasant to greet old friends, make new ones, celebrate a ; -worthy cause. But tranqitility is, afler.ull, a thing of beauty. There wcis truth in the slogan on the clpar box: "As we journey through life, Jet us live by, the way." Al- thougli some interpret it thus: "As we Journey through life, let- irs live, by the way." 1 * * *' Brevitorials TAMPANS HAVE much unflnish- f.' 'ed. business with WPA. While the> labor supply has been fairly goi>d,' the movement of materials has; been unsatisfactory and has lately showed signs pf being'- further delayed. As usual, it is hard to place the blame. In WPA, PWA, and other initial projects, delays of ten 'are stretched out until they beijpine explanations-p-or alibis—for permanent turndowns. .Currently the City of Pampa has a ruling tha(, certain material for the fairgrounds development cannot be granted because construction could not: be completed this month. . . The City will be justified in making (i strenous effort to get all of the jnaterials promised. In the transition period of works projects, delays appear inevitable. And those cities who most energetically follow all leads in seeking cqmp}etion of projects will be favored. • : . * *. * The pity lias made too large an exiHutlituie at {the new grounds tc permit any avoidable loss of improvements. It has furnished . nijteriaU 1 it ha4 not agreed to buy I in order to provide facilities for . the Panhandle Centennial. Some 'back-1 racking will be necessary f Q ge>'' credit for this, expenditure, . 'o f'nish the grandstand and obtain full approval of U, and to get , the other building* Which several F mouthy ago were approved. Serving Pampa and Northeastern Panhandle THE NEW PAMPA Fastest Growing City in Texas-^-Panhandle Oil And Wheat Center TUNE IN KPDN (1310 k.c.'B> Voice of Pampa Dally NEWS at "Top o' Texas" (VOL. 30. NO. 55) (Full (AP) Leased Wire) PAMPA, GRAY COUNTY, TEXAS, MONDAY EVENING, JUNE 8, 1936 8 PAGES TODAY (PRICE FIVE CENTS). FOES FAIL TO 'STOP' LANDON BOOM 'Man of Destiny' PUBLISHER WILL EDIT PARTY PLATFORM, HE DECLARES WASHINGTON. June 8 (/!')—A new dealer's charge, and n quick denial, that William Randolph Hearst would be the "absentee boss" of the republican national convention, echoed today across the fast- moving political scene. Secretary Ickes, in an address broadcast last night ay the last of the convention delegates converged upon Cleveland, declared that the republicans' standard bearer had been picked in advance by "substantially the same interests" that supported Warren a. Harding for the presidential' nomination. An. authorized statement of the publisher's position quickly described Ickes' "whole broadcast" as "rathnr absurd," and said "the remarks about Mr. Hearst are particularly vapid." Ickes said the views of William Allen White, Gifford Pinchot, and Frank Lowden would be disregarded, and that "as the discoverer and principal backer of Governor Landon, there is reason to believe that Publisher Hearst will do the final editing of the platform draft." "All that the convention will be expected or permitted to do," lie said, "will be to sign, as usual, on the dotted line. "And. also typical as it is of the republican party, graciously the convention will be given an opportunity to endorse that candidate who likewise has been selected in advance. . . . The 1936 republican convention . will be remindful of the one in 1920 in still another respect. The.-Ghioago gathering in the earlier year was merely a marionette show, the strings controlling the principal actors of which were held in the hands of Boss Boise Penrose. "The convention about to open will also be controlled by an absentee boss, who, in this instance, will be William Randolph Hearst." The cabinet member also asserted the republican platform wbuld be "the result of a mesalliance between the republican party and the Liberty League," with former President Hoover as "obstetrician," Frank Knox as "orthopedist," Jouett Shouse, Liberty League president, as "wet nurse," and with Senator Borah supplying "un anti-monopoly bib as well as tucker." The Hearst statement said that the publisher supported Hiram lohnson for president iu 1920 and "vigorously opposed Hardlng's nomination." Of the publisher's activity in the current campaign, the statement said: "Mr. Hearst believes today that Governor Landon is the choice of a definite majority of the republican voters . . , and that Governor Landon should therefore be nominated. Mr. Ickes obviously believes this also, otherwise he would not be working with the reactionaries in the republican party in the attempt to prevent Governor Landon's nomination." Good Will Trip To Skelly Plant To Be Wednesday Pampa good will trippers will have a double treat when they go to the Skelly Schafer gasoline olant Wednesday night. They will see two fast playground ball games under excellent lights and have an opportunity to purchase cakes between the games. All women desiring to help are asked to take cakes. Proceeds from the sale of cakes will be used to pay for a public •address system which has just been installed. It is one of the best systems obtainable. One of the Pan- handje's best known auctioneers has been secured, He is J. C. Fulfer of Alanreed, a veteran though a youngster. The ball games will be between the Skelly-Schfer team and the King Oilers in the opener and the Pampa Sluggers and the South Side Lassies, two local girls' teams. The first game will be called about 8:15 o'clock. The sale will be between games. The local chamber of commerce urges Pampans to make the trip. Cars will leave the city hall from 7:30 to 8 o'clock. MOTOR SALES BEST NEW YORK, June 8 (/P)—General Motors corp. reported today sales of motor cars and trucks in May were the best in the company's history for that month. The latest total of sales to consumers, was 194,628 units compared with 200,117 in April .and I09,05i in May lost year. Uncertainty and disorders attended the accession to power of Leon Blum, Socialist leader, who was destined for the premiership of Trance from the moment the leftist coalition swept into control of the last election. The new picture above shows him in characteristic informal attitude. SATURDAY LAST DAY TO FILE FOROFFICES Fees To Be Assessed In Meeting on Monday Saturday, June 13, will be the last day for county and precinct candidates to file their names with Siler Faulkner, democratic county chairman, to place their name on the ballots for the primary of July 25. On Monday, June 15, the county democratic executive committee will meet at the office of Mr. Faulkner to draw names for order on the ballot, assess fees, and appoint election judges. This session will begin at 9 a. m. Candidates will have until Saturday, June 20, to pay the primary fees and get their names on the ballots. Between June 25 and 30, county and precinct'candidates must file their first expense accounts. 42Kffledas Grandstand in Bucharest Falls BUCHAREST, Rumania, June 8. W)—While 50,000 people knelt in prayer, a grandstand at a Boy Scout review collapsed today, killing 42 persons by unofficial count. An official statement said only three persons were killed with more than 100 hurt; police said 30 were dead and several hundred injured; the latest unofficial figure showed at least 150 hurt in addition to those killed. King Carol, Crown Prince Mihai, and the dowager Queen Marie saw the catastrophe. The grandstand fell as 30,000 spectators and 20,000 Boy Scouts knelt in prayer in a religious service preceding the projected review, which was called off. The shieks of the injured drowned out the voices of the priests intoning the service through loudspeakers. A rigid censorship was immediately imposed to prevent panic over the tragedy from spreading through the rest of the country. f Heard.. Mack Graham being sarcastic at the polo game yesterday afternoon. Just after M. L. Curry took a header, Mack remarked that Curry's body couldn't ride as well as his head thought it could. D. E. Cecil telling a snake story instead of u fish story this morning. The postmaster shot a bull snake yesterday north of Panhandle that was seven feet long and more than 10 inches in circrunferance. The snake was aftfcr a rabbit when Mr. and Mrs. Cecil both unloaded their .22's at it. When first hit the snake whirled and started after them. MRS. J. W. GORDON 1 TAKEN BY DEATH TODAY Death claimed aiiother longtime resident of the Panhandle this morning with the passing of Mrs. Lucy Ella Thompson Gordon, 65, wife of J. W. Gordon, at the family home, 311 North Hobart street. Mrs. Gordon's death followed a prolonged Illness. Mrs. Gordon had been a resident of the Panhandle for 35 years. She was born in Douglas county near Tuscola, 111., and at the age of thrse years moved to Texas with her parents. In 1897, she married J. W. Gordon at Whitesboro. They moved to Miami in 1901. Later they took up residence in Pampa and at Clarendon but moved back to Pampa to make their permanent home In 1931. Surviving Mrs. Gordon are her husband, two daughters, Miss Alice Gordon, Pampa, and Mrs. G. Rodney Robinson, Port Arthur, two sons, Joseph Wesley Gordon and Robert F. Gordon, both of Pampa, a sister, Mrs. Era Briggs, Dallas, and three grandchildren, Gordon Robin- sonson, James Robinson, and Thos. Robinson, Port Arthur, all of whom were present when Mrs. Gordon passed. Funeral sejvices will be conducted at 3 o'clock tomorrow afternoon hi the First Methodist church with the Rev. W. C. House, pastor, in charge. Burial will follow' in the Miami cemetery directed by Pampa Mortuary. Mrs. Gordon had been a member of the Methodist church since 1882. Pallbearers will be W. R. Campbell, J. M. Daugherty, John V. Os borne, P.. C. Ledrick, Ike .W Hears, and J. R. Porter. Flowers will be in charge of Mrs. W. R. Ewing, Mrs. P. C. Ledrick, and Mrs. W. Purviance. Liquor Sold at Auction in City Hard liquor was sold at public auction from the steps of the Gray county courthouse this morning and that is no Aesop fable. The auctioneer was Deputy Bu- 1'ord Reed, representing the State. The purchaser was Alex Davidson of Amarillo, wholesale dealer. The sale price was $68.84 for the 132 pints of liquor and wine. The liquor was confiscated by state officers in the county. Following court procedure under the new liquor law, all confiscated liquor is to be sold under direction of the Liquor Control board and proceeds, after costs have been deducted» turned over to the old age pension fund. John Willis, former Pampa resident, represented the Liquor Control board at the sale this morning. He has his headquarters in Amarillo. 3 PERSONS KILLED PECOS, June 8 (AP)—A head- on automobile collision near Pecos left three persons dead and 10 injured today. The dead were Eleanor. How, 19, .Chattanooga, Tenn,, Ruth Williams, 3, Santa Ana, Calif., and D. J. Sawyer, 53, Santa Ana. Seriously injured was C. O. How of Chattanooga, father of Eleanor. Five others A the car, members of the same family, were hurt less seriously. People You Know (BIT A. F.) Did you see the Harvester high school band play in all the parades last week? Those green-suited boys and girls played without a complaint and they got scant praise from the public ' who takes them for granted, but all the praise they wanted was from their No. 1 Hero, Winston Savage. They'd follow that curly- haired young man right into a brick wall. You cannot stay around any member of the band five minutes at the most without hearing an ardent, youthful rhapsody in praise of Mr. Savage. From trim Robert Kilgore ,back, the high school band Icfks upon that room in the red building as home and upon Mr. Savage as an unequalled hero. If you don't believe this go over to the- band room tomorrow and see Mr. Savage give out the letters and sweaters, then you will see how '.this is understatement. . '.,.., .„,. IN SPOTLIGHT AS G. 0. P. MOBILIZES ' Miss Margaret Lafayette B. Gieaxon Mrs. Worfhington Scranton C. Biiscotn Slemp Henry P. Fletcher George F. Getz Cov. C. D, Butk Mrs. F. C. Tnllman Ruth Hanna McCormick Simms Albert C. Simms Mis Robert Lincoln Hoyai Ned Creighfon As the republican clans gathered in Cleveland, familiar faces were in evidence around the candidates' hotel quarters and the extensive offices of the national committee. Mrs. Scranton and Rccd are the committee members from Pennsylvania, snapped at the hearing- on contested delegations. Miss White is a committee member from Jti- neau, Alaska. Harris, -Hamilton, the Landon manager, and Glcasoii arc in a huddle at Landon headquarters. Fletcher was snapped talking to reporters in a press conference. Slemp, former secretary to> President Coolidge, couldn't stay away, though not a delegate. Moses is whooping it up for Candidate Knox, while Gctz told the world the party finances were in good shape. Governor Buck and Mrs. Tallman are the Delaware committee members. Simms, New Mexico committee member, sits with his wife, the former Illinois congres3woman. And Mrs. Hoyai, director of the women's division, is apparently enjoying' her conversation with Crciehlon, Arizona committceman. Acquitted On Charges Of Conspiracy To Defraud U. S, DIRECTORIES TO BE ON FILE IN B. C. D. OFFICE 0 Defendants .in Willacy Coumty Case Are Freed Books on Southwest Cities Will Be Available Pampa's Board of City Development has been made a depository for a directory library. Directories of most cities in Texas and the southwest will be on file here for the convenience of the public. The books will be for general use out cannot be removed from the B. C. D. office under terms of the igreement. Directories have already been received as follows: Colorado—Fort Collins, LaJunta, 'olorado Springs, Grand Junction, Pueblo, Trinidad, Denver. Kansas—Arkansas City, Emporia, Hutchinson, Winfield, Wichita. Oklahoma — Bartiesvilie, Ohicka- sha, Enid, Shawnee, Muskogee, Oklahoma City, Tulsa. New Mexico—Albuquerque, Roswell, Santa Fe. Texas—Lubbock, El Paso, Amarillo, Big Spring, Eastland, Childress, loleman, Memphis, Midland, Ver- rron, Sweetwater, Breckenridge, and Pampa. California—Los Angeles. See NO. 2, Page 8 WASHINGTON, June 8 (AP)— A district of Columbia Supreme Court today acquitted seven men on charges of conspiracy to defraud the government in 1934 during consideration of plans for a 84,863,000 irrigation project in Willacy county, Texas. The defendants were: William A. Harding, former member of the Willacy county district board; Frank P. McElwrath, Corslcana, Texas, contractor; Perry A. Welty and Charles R. Olberg, former PWA engineers; and L, C. Hammond, H. W. Cole and James P. Barry, San Francisco lumberman. They were acquitted of accusations that they had attempted to induce the PWA to substitute California red wood in construction of a conduit for a Rio Grande irrigation system after PWA had allocated money conditionally to the Willacy county water control and improvement district number one. The verdict came at 11:27 a. m. (EST) today after the jury had deliberated since 3:43 p. m. last Friday. The trial started April 20. The government predicated its case on these four major contentions: 1. That the defendants conspired unlawfully to cause the Public Works administration to reject plans for a gravity, concrete, open canal from tire Rio Grande to See NO. 3, Page 8 LATC \IEWS WASHINGTON, June 8 (/P) — President Roosevelt today refused to commute the deaUi sentence against Arthur Gooch, Oklahoma kidnaper, to life imprisonment. Gooch is under sentence to die on the gallows June 1!) for kidnaping law officers. PARIS, June 8. (/P)—Yugoslavia sprang a stunning' upset iu European zone Davis cup tennis competition today, eliminating France, the heavy favorite, three matches to two. 143 GRADUATED LUBBOCK, June 3. </P)—The largest graduating class in the history of Texas Technological college, composed of 143 persons, received degrees this morning and heard an address by Harry Hines of Wichita Falls, chairman of the state highway commiissron. Degrees awarded at the college at its 10 commencements number 2,002. WEST TEXAS: Fair tonight and Tuesday; not quite so warm in the Panhandle Tuesday. Banquet To Honor Newsmen — (B Mnnrvi anrl Wi«l/la an^T to James Lyons and Tex DeWeese, Pampa Lions will meet Thursday LNU11II1 culU. XlUlivlt! alid new general manager and editor of evening instead of at the noon Nurun and Hinkle and Lyons, DeWeese To Be Guests i B. C. D. members and other citizens will give a dinner Wednesday honoring Gilmore N. Nunn, recent president of the Board, arid Olin E. Hinkle, managing, editor of the NEWS, i who will move to Lexington, Ky. within a week. The dinner also will be a welcome to James Lyons and Tex DeWeese, new general manager and editor of The NEWS. - Mr. Lyons has been here a week. DeWeese is to arrive this evening from Santa Ana, Calif. • The dinner will be held at the Schneider hotel at 7:30 o'clock Wednesday evening, with plates 75 cents each. Anyone desiring to attend this dinner must make reservation by noon of Wednesday. John Roby, new B. C. D. president, will be in charge. Pampa Lions will meet Thursday evening instead of at the noon hour, it is announced by the board of directors. Tire occasion will be a dinner honoring Olin E. Hinkle, president of the club, and Gilmore N. Nunn, both of whom are leaving the club in moving to Kentucky. : The dinner will begin at 7:30 p. m., with plates 60 cents each at the Methodist church. James Lyons and Tex DeWeese, new manager and editor of The NEWS, win be guests at the dinner. TB BE LEER KNOX MENTIONED AS A DEFINITE SECOND CHOICE BY EDWARD J. DUFFY, Associated Press Staff Writer. CLEVELAND, O., June 8 (F)— Leaders of the already-booming Landon campaign, working at top speed among arrivals for the republican convention, claimed new encouragement today from two directions of the opposition. Senator Borah of Idaho, newly- arrived from Washington, shunted aside the leadership of a "stop Landon" drive which was his for the asking. But he still insisted "nothing has ben settled" finally about the ticket or the platform. For the first time, a concession came from the belligerent headquarters of Colonel Frank Knox of Illinois. He was spoken of there as "a definite second choice" with a chance yet to win out if Governor Alf M. Landon of Kansas falls to go over on the first three ballots. "I don't want to go into any combination to attempt to control the convention," Borah told the Idaho delegation at his Cleveland hotel headquarters. He had talked the possibilities over with his loyal Idaho delegation. "They are willing .for me to become the spearhead of a (stop) drive," he said, with a trace of piaintiveness, "but they say nothing about what will happen to me after the opposition has been destroyed." Crowds in the hotels were increasing hourly as almost the last of the thousands of delegates and. visitors poured into the city. They found John D. M. Hamilton, the red-haired bundle of energy managing for Landon, calmly reporting his campaign "rolling nicely," with additions but no losses in delegate strength. .Other Landon leaders were say-, ing "it's all over," but there were no concessions of defeat from the camps of Colonel Knox, Senator Vandenburg of Michigan or others. He threw out a feeler for an. invitation from the convention to address it, but got no immediate eri- couragement. . • Asked about it, Hamilton said he had nothing to do with convention arrangements. A procession of the arrivals passed through the Landon reception room at the Hollenden hotel for hours. None of the other candidates had such elaborate quarters or promo'- lion paraphernalia. At headquarters of Colonel Frank Knox of Illinois, William J. Donovan of New York, a leader, told newsmen Landon was heading the pack. 'We might as well face the fact," Donovan said. . ' "Personally, I believe the Landon backing is weaker than the Landon camp maintains and I'm confident the governor will not be nominated on the first ballot. If he does not get the nomination in three ballots, he is lost. - ; "Colonel Knox definitely appears to be the strongest second choice in the field." Earlier, Edward 'A. Hayes, chairman of the Knox cam* paign committee had predicted 201 or more votes on the first ballot. The name of former Governot Frank C. Lowden of Illinois was heard now and again in hotel lobby speculation about the Landon opposition centering on another candidate. • '.."..' Friends of the old timer were very much of the opinion that he would not accept, if nominated. He is 75 years old. Anpther delegation was around Landon while newspaper men waited for a press conference by Borah. Amidst much shouting, the 25 Texas votes were nailed down by caucus action. "He's the best available man to fill the bill," recommended H. E.. Exum of Amarillo. Although Kansas has only 18 votes, over 200 loyalists Iron; the state were on hand and planting the Landon sunflowers on all who would See NO. 4, Page 8 I Saw ... Reno Stinson making preparations to hear President Roosevelt speak Friday morning at the Centennial exposition at Dallas. About 40 sweaters and 30 letters which Band Director Winston Savage will award his "children" to* • morrow morning at 10 o'clock at tlfc band room in the red building ,<jii ' the high school campus. It wasn't possible for the Awards to he m|«Je before school closed, a.nd an agree,? • ment was made for Mr. Savjige 'j$ , hand out the awards and lett«t| after the end pi school, • ,

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